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High Court Slashes Exxon Award; Justices Use Maritime Law Case to Rein in Punitive Damages

Publication Date: 
June 26, 2008
Source: 
Daily Journal
Author: 
Brent Kendall

Professor Jeffrey L. Fisher is quoted in The Daily Journal in an article about the Supreme Court's decision to slash the punitive damages previously awarded in the Exxon Valdez case:

Stanford University law professor Jeffrey Fisher, who argued the case for the plaintiffs, said the result was a difficult ending after almost 20 years. The lower courts, he said, studied the case for many years and thought Exxon's conduct was so egregious that it warranted a substantial award.

"For the court to come in at this late hour and take a different view is tough to take," Fisher said. "I suspect there's a great deal of anger and sadness."