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Verdicts On Supreme Court: 'OK' And 'Somewhat Disappointing'

Having decided, among others, about 20 business-related cases, including last week's 5-4 eminent domain economic-development decision, the U.S. Supreme Court this week enters what's expected to be the final week of its current term.

The court has done "OK" on business issues this term, judges Maureen Mahoney, a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, Washington, D.C. Nevertheless she notes the Supreme Court did not rein-in courts of appeals in three civil rights cases, including an age-discrimination case and an Americans With Disabilities Act case, and that, she contends, is "not a real good development for business."

"Somewhat disappointing for business" is Carter G. Phillips' verdict on the term now coming to a close. Among his reasons: no class-action cases, a major issue for business, and no big antitrust cases. Phillips is a partner at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, Washington, D.C.

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