Yet the court is also primed to rule on a slate of issues pitting big-business interests against consumers and workers – with sweeping consequences for the balance of power between them.
This court already treats business interests more favorably than any in nearly a century, some scholars argue. In its 2017 term, the court returned pro-business decisions in more than 80 percent of the cases in which they were at stake, according to an analysis by Adam Feldman, author of the Empirical SCOTUS blog.
That was before Brett Kavanaugh replaced Anthony Kennedy on the court, advancing the court’s rightward shift. Trump’s pick is primed to cement that evolution. Per Feldman’s analysis, the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the least business-friendly justice from 2015 through 2017:
Adding another justice likely to side with the corporate agenda, public-interest lawyers who argue before the court say, will make it harder for consumer and