Tag Archives: Corporate personhood

Thrown Out of Court

Thrown Out of Court
Two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings—AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion andAmerican Express v. Italian Colors—have deeply undercut these centuries-old public rights, by empowering businesses to avoid any threat of private lawsuits or class actions. The decisions culminate a thirty-year trend during which the judiciary, including initially some prominent liberal jurists, has moved to eliminate courts as a means for ordinary Americans to uphold ... Read more

The Limits of Corporate Citizenship

The Limits of Corporate Citizenship
By treaty, the U.S. government can’t (and shouldn’t) discriminate against foreign corporations offering as good if not better deals than American companies offer. So if Walgreen as a Swiss company continues to fill Medicaid and Medicare payments as well as, say, CVS, it’s likely that Walgreen will continue to earn almost a quarter of its $72 billion annual revenues directly from the U.S. government. But as a foreign corporation, Walgreen ... Read more

Money, Money, Everywhere

Money, Money, Everywhere
A Tale of Two Cities , the novel by Charles Dickens, begins with the famous words, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” In America today, it is the best of times for multinational corporations and their CEOs. But for ordinary people, it’s pretty bad, and getting worse. For non-corporeal entities, times are good. For flesh and bone, bad. Legal fictions, good. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters—all bad. Read more