The Hands-Off Rehnquist Court

The Supremes have left key corporate matters, such as antitrust law, largely unaddressed, adding up to a mixed legacy

The Rehnquist Court has bestowed many valuable gifts on Big Business. Over the past 18 terms it has, among other things, placed strict limits on punitive damages, curtailed the ability of plaintiffs' lawyers to exploit questionable "junk" science, granted greater commercial free speech protection to marketing, and prevented the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from becoming a financial nightmare.

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