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Justice Antonin Scalia’s Influence on American Business Law

The impact Justice Antonin Scalia had on America’s business culture is influential. The Atlantic wrote an inspiring article about how Justice Scalia should be remembered for “increasing the power of business in society.” Justice Scalia graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and went on to serve different branches of the federal government, finally landing a position as one of the most trusted business lawyers to be appointed to the Supreme Court in 1986; the U.S. Senate confirmed President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Scalia to the Supreme Court 98-0.

For 30 years Justice Scalia protected business rights from unnecessary abuse from employees and citizens, often siding with the corporations. He joined the U.S. Supreme Court during a booming economic time for big corporations; he recognized an influence the corporations had on the economic well-being of the country. Justice Scalia defended Walmart from a group of women seeking a class action lawsuit in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes; and he changed the political campaign funding game forever with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission where Justice Scalia noted that, according to The Atlantic, “Under the First Amendment corporations could make unlimited independent political expenditures. Super-PACs and a new era of politics were born. Citizens United represented a major expansion of the rights of corporations.”

Although Justice Scalia did not always side with the businesses, he will be nationally remembered as one of the top 10 justices who are pro-business. On a local level, our business lawyers at Ores Law strive to protect the rights of the local Loveland business owners that help grow our Northern Colorado economy. Everyone deserves an advocate, especially those close to home.