Supreme Court justice withdraws from case over potential conflict

Supreme Court justice withdraws from case over potential conflict
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Chief Justice John Roberts withdrew from a case argued last month after realizing his stock holdings may pose a conflict of interest, Bloomberg reports. 

Life Technologies Corp., which is in a patent fight with Promega Corp. at the Supreme Court, is owned by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Roberts owns 1,212 shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific, a court official said in a letter released Wednesday, according to Bloomberg.

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"The ordinary conflict check conducted in the chief justice’s chambers inadvertently failed to find this potential conflict," Supreme Court Clerk Scott Harris wrote, according to Bloomberg. 

During the arguments on the case, which took place last month, Roberts asked about six questions, Bloomberg reports. The court has yet to issue a ruling on the case.

Federal law bans justices from participating in a case if they or their family own stock in a company that is a party.