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Roberts on business litigation

CNN/Money has a roundup here of John Roberts' role in business litigation. He argued before the Supreme Court that a Toyota factory worker with carpal tunnel syndrome was not entitled to claim the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act; his position on that will be hard for opponents to demonize, however, since the Court endorsed it 9-0. And while at Hogan & Hartson he argued unsuccessfully on behalf of state governments suing Microsoft on behalf of a breakup remedy. This probably indicates that he is not a member of one particular subset of right-of-center lawyers, namely the type that 1) disapproves of the states' Microsoft stance on libertarian principle and 2) though working at a big Washington law firm, manages to avoid handling all ideologically uncongenial matters or clients. Given the nature of big Washington law-firm practice, however, it is not clear that the set of lawyers who meet the second criterion is very much larger than the empty set to begin with.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.