Justice Samuel Alito Jr.'s latest financial disclosure report, publicly released this afternoon, offers some potential insight into why he recused in a handful of high-profile disputes.
Alito's report, at 23 pages, details numerous investments and trusts that include Chevron Corp., AT&T, Verizon Communications, Pepsico and Abbott Laboratories, to name a few big-name companies. (The justice's previous report, covering 2011, ran only eight pages.)
Alito last year didn’t participate in the high court's review in Chevron v. Naranjo, a dispute in which Ecuadorian natives are seeking damages against Chevron for allegedly polluting the environment.
At the time, Chevron's attorneys, including Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Theodore Boutrous, and attorneys for the plaintiffs, including Patton Boggs' James Tyrrell Jr., declined to speculate about Alito's recusal. The justice didn't offer an explanation.