The suit against the Federal Energy Regulatory commission (FERC) was in regard to General Motors denial of an evidentiary hearing by the FERC in regards to a complaint filed by GM. The underlying complaint concerns changes to the long term supply of natural gas (for which GM was a major buyer) and General Motors' claim that it violated the natural gas act. The original complaint was brought up against Michigan-Wisconsin Pipeline Company, who was the suppliers of natural gas to GM (through intermediaries). General Motors overarching complaint is that the changes were going to negatively effect their price position, as their preferred suppliers were not included in the proposed distribution arrangement changes.
whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has offered sufficient justification for failing to hold an evidentiary hearing, upon the request of General Motors Corporation (GM), prior to granting Michigan Wisconsin Pipe Line Company (Michigan Wisconsin) a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing Michigan Wisconsin to construct additional pipeline facilities and to deliver increased amounts of natural gas .... (GENERAL MOTORS v. FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COM'N)