Gorsuch seen as business-friendly on labor, workplace issues

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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2017 file photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. In a decade as a federal appeals court judge, Gorsuch has criticized courts for giving too much power to ... government agencies that enforce the nation’s labor and employment laws. He's also backed curbs on some class-action lawsuits as lawyer in private practice. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) (The Associated Press)

As a federal appeals court judge, Supreme Court-nominee Neil Gorsuch has criticized courts for giving too much power to government agencies that enforce the nation's labor and employment laws. He also backed curbs on some class-action lawsuits as lawyer in private practice.

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His conservative approach could tip the balance in labor rights cases and other high court clashes that have split the court.

In a 2005 article written when he was in private practice, Gorsuch urged the Supreme Court to curb "frivolous" class action securities lawsuits. He has called such cases a "free ride to fast riches" for plaintiff lawyers.

His appeals court opinions have taken aim at federal labor and employment agencies for going beyond their congressionally mandated missions.