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On June 28, 2011, CAC released an issue brief highlighting two themes that join together some of the Court’s most important and most sharply divided business cases of the October 2010 Term. The first theme concerns corporate accountability. The second theme involves corporate speech. The final section of this Issue Brief updates Constitutional Accountability Center’s empirical analysis of the trends in the success rate of the Chamber of Commerce before the Court over the past 30 years to include this Term’s decisions.
On June 28, 2011, CAC submitted written testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Barriers to Justice and Accountability: How the Supreme Court's Recent Rulings Will Affect Corporate Behavior."
Updated through June 2010, CAC tested empirically the idea that the five conservatives on the Roberts Court tend to side with corporate interests, at least more than their colleagues do. We have examined, for those cases in which the United States Chamber of Commerce participated as a party or as an amicus curiae, every opinion released by the Roberts Court since Justice Samuel Alito began participating in decisions in early 2006 through the end of the term beginning in October 2009 -- a universe of 60 cases -- and we tracked the votes of each Justice in each of the cases.