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Supreme Court Reduces Damages Awarded In Exxon Case

Publication Date: 
June 26, 2008
Legal Times
Tony Mauro

Jeffrey Fisher is quoted in Legal Times about the Supreme Court's decision to reduce the punitive damage awards in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case:

Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher, who argued before the Court on behalf of the Alaska plaintiffs, said in a statement, "We're thankful that the Court at least rejected Exxon's two arguments for absolving it entirely from punitive liability here. But we're deeply disappointed that the Court, at this late stage and effectively by a single vote, decided to set aside the considered views of the jury that heard the trial, the district judge who presided over the litigation for over a decade, and the court of appeals that carefully reviewed the record for several years, all of which concluded that Exxon's conduct was so reprehensible that a multibillion-dollar punitive award was appropriate."