The dismissal Friday of a conservative activist group’s lawsuit attacking Starbucks’ diversity, equity and inclusion efforts is unlikely to dissuade other critics of DEI and environmental, social and governance from filing similar lawsuits, legal observers say.

Companies have been bracing for a deluge of challenges to corporate DEI programs in the wake of the Supreme Court’s June opinion striking down affirmative action in college admissions. Though the court’s ruling applies only to the education sector, it has emboldened DEI critics to challenge some of the most aggressive corporate programs.

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