The U.S. Supreme Court begins its term Oct. 5 with new Justice Sonia Sotomayor on board and a business-heavy docket that seems almost tailor-made to engage and challenge her.

More than half of the 45 cases already set for the new term focus on business — a greater number than in past terms — but they touch on a broad smorgasbord of issues, noted Robin Conrad of the National Chamber Litigation Center at a Sept. 23 briefing on the term. “We’re struck by the breadth of the docket,” she said.

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