Last Updated Aug 27, 2010 5:22 PM EDT
The first case tackles the post-Enron reform law that companies love to hate: Sarbanes-Oxley. It was put in place to weed out corruption, but businesses argue that dealing with SarbOx is so costly that it can crush them. SarbOx faces its biggest challenge yet. Other cases the court will weigh in on include:
- Patent law: Is it outdated in this digitally driven, idea-oriented era?
- Corporate fraud: Is the language that helped take down Conrad Black and Bernard Madoff too broad?
- Campaign finance: Do corporations have the right to free speech when it comes to politics?
- Botched pension plans: Who determines how much retirees get?