Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

35 cases await new Supreme Court term.

Byline: Business and Law MARTIN PASKIND For the Journal

As it has for more than two centuries, the Supreme Court of the United States will begins its new term on the first Tuesday in October, which this year falls on Oct. 3. So far, the coming term looks dull from a business point of view.

The term will open with 35 cases awaiting decisions, most of which have nothing to do with business. As the term progresses, howver, the court usually adds cases. Each year, as many as 8,000 litigants petition the court for legal redress of issues. The court hears only a small fraction of those cases.

The justices now issue about 100 opinions yearly, but they spend a lot of time deciding which cases to hear.

Since its enactment about 11 years ago, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) has generated huge business for the courts as judges filled in blanks left in the law by Congress. …

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