President Obama is preparing to nominate a White House deputy counsel and prominent litigator, Donald B. Verrilli Jr., to be solicitor general of the United States, the White House confirmed on Monday. The position has been vacant since Elena Kagan became a Supreme Court associate justice last year.
Why is this move "pro-business"?
A specialist in First Amendment, telecommunications and intellectual property law, he played a role in several important cases about copyright law in the Internet era – including representing the music industry in a 2005 lawsuit against the file-sharing service Grokster, and Viacom in a 2007 case against Google.
On the plus side, he's clerked for Brennan and is good on First Amendment issues. But Solicitor General is a stepping stone to the Court, and I would hate to see this corporate lackey on the Court.