On Saturday, President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative favorite, to occupy the Supreme Court seat vacated when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died over a week ago.
A longtime Notre Dame law professor and a clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the 1990s, Barrett is considered a “textualist,” meaning she focuses on the original text of the Constitution rather than trying to determine lawmakers’ intent.
It’s more clear where Barrett stands on social issues like abortion than on business cases. But if confirmed, she’d face plenty of private sector battles.
- Big Tech: Section 230, a provision granting tech platforms legal immunity from what users post (and a Trump administration target), will likely make its way to the Supreme Court in the coming years.
- The power of corporations: An upcoming case looks at fatal car accidents involving malfunctioning Ford cars. Barrett won’t be involved in this case, but if the court sides with Ford in limiting the circumstances under which corporations can be sued, it could kick off an era of decisions favorable to big business.
Still…“A conservative philosophy doesn’t necessarily mean a pro-business outcome,” William Jay, another former Scalia clerk, told Barron’s.
Via Morning Brew