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End of the term wrap-ups



The week ended with the usual wrap-up stories about the just-completed term for the U.S. Supreme Court. Dow Jones especially had a good review: "Supreme Court Term Is Mixed For Business, But Wins Were Big": "The U.S. Supreme Court handed the business sector a mix of wins and losses in the 2007-2008 term ending Friday, but when business did win, it won big." The opinions Dow-Jones highlights are Stoneridge, Riegel v. Medtronic and the Exxon Valdez case. More...

Meanwhile, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and SCOTUSblog.com issued their annual end-of-term statistical summary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions. A few highlights:
  • The Justices issued 67 merits opinions after argument this term, the lowest number since the 1953-54 Term
  • The Justices decided 71 cases in total this term, the lowest number of decisions in recent memory.
  • Five-to-four rulings represented 17 percent of the term's opinions; last year's percentage was 33 percent.

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Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute
igorodetski@manhattan-institute.org

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Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute
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