Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bloch and Lamoreaux Weigh In on Hobby Lobby

From Ruth H. Bloch and Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Property v. Liberty: The Supreme Court's Radical Break with Its Historical Treatment of Corporatrions, Perspectives on History (July 2014): "We . . . trace the history of the Supreme Court's jurisprudence on corporate rights and show that [Justice] Alito's opinion breaks with a long line of decisions beginning in the 1880s that treated for-profit corporations as 'persons' under the Constitution only for the purpose of protecting the property rights-not the liberties-of individual members."  More.