Private corporations have filed lawsuits against the federal government more than ever, and a growing number of them have sued the US.
And, as the US moves closer to a “disaster” scenario, many of these lawsuits are likely to get a lot more expensive.
Here’s what you need to know about lawsuits that go to the US Supreme Court.
Read moreHere are the top 10 most recent cases in which the federal courts have ruled in favor of the US corporations.
Monsanto sued the USDA for the alleged “misuse” of seed in its genetically modified corn.
The court found Monsanto violated a federal law that bans the sale of seed that is genetically engineered without being approved by the USDA.
The case was dismissed, but Monsanto has since filed a motion for review.
Read the court’s ruling here.2.
DuPont sued the EPA over alleged pesticide drift from its pesticides.
The company is suing the agency over alleged pollution from its chemical pesticides that were used in the US during the early 1990s.
DuPon says that its pesticide was used to kill fleas and ticks.
The court ruled that DuPont violated the Clean Air Act and that the EPA was not required to take action.
The EPA has since ordered the company to pay $5.5 billion in fines and reimburse DuPont for costs.3.
Chevron sued the Environmental Protection Agency for alleged climate change denial.
The agency was sued for denying the link between pollution of the atmosphere and the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and it’s suing the US Environmental Protection Department for violating its own laws.
The company is seeking to block the EPA from enforcing the Clean Power Plan and other Obama administration policies to limit greenhouse gases.
It’s also challenging the EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse gases, arguing that the agency can’t make its own rules on emissions, and that Congress is powerless to regulate the agency.
The EPA has appealed to the Supreme Court, and Chevron has been granted a stay pending the outcome of that case.
Read Chevron’s petition for a stay here.4.
American Airlines filed a lawsuit against the US Federal Trade Commission over the company’s “anti-competitive conduct.”
The case alleges that the Federal Trade Commision has engaged in “massive overreach” to shut down rival carriers.
American Airlines argues that the FTC overstepped its authority when it issued the agency’s first enforcement action against American in 2008, a decision that was later overturned by the Supreme Courts.
The FTC also alleged that American’s alleged conduct violated a provision in the FTC’s anti-trust rules.
The US Supreme Courts disagreed, ruling that the commission’s actions were lawful.
Read the case here.5.
Apple filed a claim against the Obama administration for alleged “false and misleading statements” about the iPhone’s security features.
Apple claimed that the government violated its antitrust laws by withholding information from the public about the security features of the iPhone, including the ability to use a fingerprint reader to unlock the device.
The government did not, however, provide the information Apple requested.
Apple was granted a temporary restraining order against the government to prevent it from using the information.
The Supreme Court upheld the order, but the government is appealing the decision.6.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology sued the Department of Commerce, the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for allegedly failing to adequately disclose to customers how much their credit card statements were subject to credit card processing fees.
The lawsuit alleged that the FDIC failed to adequately inform consumers about fees and the possible penalties associated with processing a credit card statement.
FDIC has since agreed to pay about $4 billion in penalties, including an $11 billion settlement with Apple and a $5 billion fine to the Treasury.7.
Chevron filed a $20 billion claim against a number of US state governments for allegedly violating their own laws and rules by refusing to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
The suit alleges that Chevron’s operations in Texas were subject “to the most rigorous environmental and safety standards and requirements in the world,” and that it failed to comply with environmental and other rules by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The lawsuit is still ongoing.8.
Exxon Mobil filed a civil lawsuit against a dozen US states and Washington, D.C., claiming that the US is violating a number the company says are “common-sense and reasonable” state laws, as well as federal laws.
The states have been asked to provide Exxon with copies of their state laws and regulations, and Exxon Mobil has been ordered to turn over information it claims to be a state record of the actions taken by its state agencies.9.
Verizon filed a case against a federal judge for allegedly blocking the merger of two wireless phone companies.
Verizon has filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T and Sprint, claiming that they violated antitrust laws.
Verizon also says that AT&s phone monopoly is a violation of federal antitrust laws that prohibit mergers that increase competition.
The suit is still