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ExxonMobil wins court reversal of $1bn in damages from Maryland gas leak

02.27.2013  | 

The Maryland Court of Appeals reversed more than $1 billion in punitive damages, awarded by a jury in 2011, adding that residents and business who accused the energy giant of fraud hadn't sufficiently proven their case. The court also reversed a large number of compensatory damages.

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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 their case.

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 residents.

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 their properties.

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.


Dow Jones Newswires



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