Business and the Roberts Court

(Oxford University Press, 2016)

Book Forum
March 2, 2017
4:00PM to 5:30PM
Richard and Sue Ann Masson Policy Center, Cato Institute
Featuring the author Jonathan Adler, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation, Case Western Reserve University; with comments by Andrew Pincus, Mayer Brown; moderated by Walter Olson, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

Is the Supreme Court “pro-business?” That’s a claim often heard from critics of the Roberts Court, now circulating once more amid a likely battle over the confirmation of a successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. But what does the claim mean? Does it charge the Court with ruling wrongly in favor of business litigants, with shaping legal doctrine in unprincipled ways, or with something else? In Business and the Roberts Court, Professor Jonathan Adler assembles essays from scholars who consider how and whether Roberts Court decisions can or cannot be fairly deemed favorable to business. One pattern is that this Court follows doctrinal commitments — in areas from free speech to federalism to employment and securities law — that sometimes though not always coincide with the interests of producers and employers in the national economy. As the Senate considers President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the vacant seat on the Court, join us for a book forum on one of the most important elements of Chief Justice John Roberts’ rule — and Antonin Scalia’s legacy.