Number of the Day Shows Barrett’s Pro-Business Record
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That’s how much of the time Amy Coney Barrett ruled in favor of business interests over the past two years, according to an analysis by Rocket Lawyer—a red flag for consumer advocates wary of her power on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In her last two years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit Court in Chicago, Barrett’s opinions have favored the business interest in 10 out of 12 cases where businesses were pitted against employee, consumer, or non-corporate interests, Rocket Lawyer found. Charley Moore, founder and CEO of the online legal service, posted the analysis on LinkedIn earlier this month.
If her record is any indication, Barrett—confirmed to the high court in a 52-48 Senate vote Monday—could weaken the power of regulators fighting fraud or make it more difficult to protect against abusive debt collection practices, consumer advocates say.
In fact, Barrett’s pro-business ratio is higher than any of the current Supreme Court justices over the same time period. Justice Clarence Thomas was the closest, with an 82% ratio, followed by Justice Samuel Alito, at 67%, Rocket Lawyer found. Barrett’s predecessor, the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ruled in favor of businesses 21% of the time.