2007 Business Review — Business Law

This is the first in what will be a series of posts about the year’s major business stories (in reality; not as reported by the media):

SCOTUS

With the sole and highly-publicized exception of that infamous Clean Air Act case, the 2006-2007 U.S. Supreme Court term was a home run for conservative business interests.

Some of the most signficant business rulings involved sharp limitations on: punitive damages, class actions, banking regulations, federal securities laws, federal antitrust laws, and claims under federal job discrimination laws. Plus labor unions were beaten like drums.

For as long as Justices Thomas, Scalia, Alito, Roberts and Kennedy remain together on the Court the conservative viewpoint will prevail in business cases upwards of 80% of the time. If non-voting conservatives fail to elect Hillary, then we’re looking at the prospect of an *absolute* pro-business majority on the SCOTUS — one that could last for decades.

Crackdown on Employers of Illegal Immigrants

Following a rash of immigration raids at various jobsites across the country the Bush administration in 2007 announced several administrative measures further to crack down on employers of illegal immigrants.

A Clinton-nominated federal trial judge stayed enforcement of the proposed crackdown with an injunction. Another Clinton-nominated judge extended that injunction. Ross Perot was unavailable for comment.

The Bush administration currently is attempting to re-write Labor Dept. rules to proceed with the crackdown under current law. There’s also the possibility the enjoined measures could make their way up to the U.S. Supreme Court for review. For obvious reasons, however, if conservatives throw away the presidency it’ll become a moot point.

Immigration/Jobsite Law Enforcement Stats

Below are links to raw facts and figures regarding immigration/jobsite law enforcement in 2007:

Dept. of Homeland Security
Immigration & Customs Enforcement

As they say, read it all.

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