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Justices Cut Damages Award in Exxon Valdez Spill

Publication Date: 
June 25, 2008
The New York Times
Adam Liptak

Adam Liptak quotes Jeff Fisher, who argued the Exxon Valdez case, about the Supreme Court's ruling:

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday reduced what had once been a $5 billion punitive damages award against ExxonMobil to about $500 million. The ruling essentially concluded a legal saga that started when the Exxon Valdez, a supertanker, dumped 11 million gallons of crude oil into the Prince William Sound in Alaska in 1989.


Jeffrey L. Fisher, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said there was “a great deal of sadness” among his clients. “What is painful,” Mr. Fisher said, “is that there seems to have been some disagreement between the dissenters and the majority on how reprehensible Exxon’s conduct was.”