Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Tuesday, 01.23.2018
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 2  3  4  5  6  7  8
 9  10  11  12  13  14  15
 16  17  18  19  20  21  22
 23  24  25  26  27  28  29
 30  31
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local

Members Of

Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (0 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

Dec 20,2007
1989 Exxon Valdez spill back in court
by UPI

WASHINGTON -- Exxon Mobil has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court to argue the $2.5 billion penalty for the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill off Alaska is excessive based on maritime law.

This week, the oil company filed a brief claiming an 1818 decision has well-established prohibition on punitive damages against ship owners for the actions of their crews unless they "directed," "countenanced" or "participated" in them, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported.

In 1994, an Anchorage jury awarded $5 billion in damages to commercial fishermen, cannery workers, landowners and Natives, but last year the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco cut the award to $2.5 billion, which Exxon is now appealing.

Exxon spokesman Tony Cudmore told the newspaper the punitive damages were excessive.

"The company has spent over $3.5 billion on compensation, cleanup payments, settlements and fines," he said. "It's a case about whether further punishment is warranted and we do not believe that punitive damages are warranted in this case."

The Exxon Valdez hit a reef in Prince William Sound on March 29, 1989, and spilled nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil.

Copyright © 2007, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

1065 times read

Related news
Supreme Court to hear Exxon Valdez appeal by UPI posted on Oct 29,2007

Venezuela cuts ties with ExxonMobil by UPI posted on Feb 13,2008

18th anniversary of Exxon Valdez oil spill prompts review by Bend_Weekly_News_Sources posted on Mar 22,2007

Court overturns Oregon tobacco award by Bend_Weekly_News_Sources posted on Feb 20,2007

Ore. Supreme Court upholds tobacco damages by UPI posted on Feb 01,2008

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00 (total 14 votes)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum


Deschutes County

  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?