WATCH: Grand Inquisitor Scalia Defends Corporate Ripoffs (Cartoon)


Mother Jones illustrator Zina Saunders creates editorial animations riffing on the political news and current events of the week. In this week’s animation, Justice Scalia, the grand inquisitor of the Supreme Court, makes a ruling in favor of corporations in AT&T v. Concepcion. Here’s how Mother Jones reporter Stephanie Mencimer described the landmark case last November:

AT&T v. Concepcion has been called the consumer protection equivalent of Citizens United. At stake is the ability of consumers to stop corporate ripoffs via class action lawsuits, which allow lots of people with small claims to band together and bring a suit large enough to make it worth a lawyer’s time. The case could affect everything from the rights of workers to fight systemic discrimination or wage violations to the ability of cell phone customers to fight the small but lucrative rip-offs that are so common among wireless providers. As a sign of how big a case this is for corporate America, the wireless lobby has hired former Solicitor General Paul Clement, a rock star of the Supreme Court bar, to represent it on an amicus brief in the case. The parties backing AT&T include the Chamber, Comcast, Dell, and DirectTV.

As always, that’s Saunders performing all the voiceovers. —The Editors

 

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