By TENNILLE TRACY
WASHINGTON -- ExxonMobil has won a legal victory in its
effort to fight damages of about $1.5 billion stemming from a
2006 gasoline spill in Maryland.
In a decision released Tuesday, the Maryland Court of
Appeals reversed more than $1 billion in punitive damages,
awarded by a jury in 2011, and said residents and business who
accused the energy giant of fraud hadn't sufficiently proven
The court also reversed a large number of compensatory
damages, which originally totaled about $500 million.
The case stems back to February 2006 when 26,000 gallons of
gasoline leaked from underground storage tanks owned by Exxon
Mobil at a fueling station in Jacksonville, Md. The gasoline
moved into a water aquifer that supplied drinking water to many
Dozens of residents and business owners filed suit and
accused Exxon Mobil of fraud. They also said they suffered
because of concerns over contracting cancer and losing value on
In 2011, a jury at the Circuit Court for Baltimore County
awarded the residents and business owners about $500 million in
compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages.
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