The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today against Arco and BP America in their attempt to get out of paying old royalties to the government. One of the things that annoys me during all confirmation hearings is how utterly simplistic the arguments are from advocates on both sides. In the case of the last two justices, Alito and Roberts, liberal interest groups liked to cite statistics saying that they ruled in favor of corporations rather than other groups some percentage of the time, as evidence of their pro-corporate bias. But that is a lot of meaningless blather. Sometimes the law favors the claim of a corporation, sometimes it does not. Merely compiling statistics like that without any regard to which side should have won on the legal merits simply does not tell you anything meaningful. Incidentally, this ruling against the big corporations was written by Justice Alito.