Big Business Fails
Corporations may enjoy many of the same rights as citizens do under American law, but they certainly aren't punished the same way for wrongdoing. Since an organization itself can't serve jail time, companies found guilty of wrongdoing in a court of law are usually let off with just a fine whether they're accused of overpromising rewards to consumers or much worse. This often pales in comparison to the amount gained through the offending behavior, such as in the case of America's opioid crisis, which is the focus of several settlements, or the recent $678 million settlement involving the drug company Novartis, which basically bribed doctors to use its products. The following are some of the most costly court settlements in American history.