Sotomayor brings a pragmatic approach to business cases


Newly minted Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is much harder to pigeonhole than her opponents seem to believe, especially on business cases.

The first Hispanic on the nation's highest court has written about 150 opinions on business and civil cases, and according to experts consulted by The New York Times, showed no clear bias either for or against business interests. Sometimes her views were backed up by colleagues; at other times, her decisions were reversed by the Supreme Court. She has also represented business interests as an attorney in private practice.