Business wins big in Roberts Supreme Court.

“The Bush administration and corporate lobbyists long have sought sweeping ‘tort reform’ to limit lawsuits and massive jury awards — without much success. But in the last year, they quietly have been winning much of what they’ve wanted on a case-by-case basis in the Supreme Court. With a week to go in their term, the justices have handed down a dozen rulings that sharply limit the damages that can be won in lawsuits or make it harder to sue corporations.”

UPDATE: The New York Times reports that Roberts, who pledged to respect precedent during his confirmation hearings, has begun overturning precedents.