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Breyer, Alito Say ‘No Way’ to Know About Conflict They Missed

April 8, 2019, 9:10 PM

Two U.S. Supreme Court justices said there was “no way” to know about a conflict of interest they missed in January when the court turned away an appeal involving a United Technologies Corp. unit.

Justices Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito both owned stock in the company as of December 2017, according to their most recent financial disclosure reports, but neither disqualified himself as required under federal law.

The appeal sought to revive an employment discrimination suit against Rockwell Collins Inc., which United Technologies acquired in November. Rockwell Collins waived its right to respond, meaning that under the court’s rules it ...

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