Supreme Court cuts down Exxon oil spill damages
The U.S. Supreme Court today drastically reduced the damage award in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill case.

A federal judge awarded $5 billion to 33,000 Alaska Natives, fishermen, landowners and other plaintiffs. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals subsequently cut the award to $2.5 billion.

In Exxon v. Baker, the Supreme Court said the reduced award was too high. Based on compensation already paid, the majority said the plaintiffs are owed $500 million.

The vote on the damages was 5-3. Justice Samuel Alito did not take part in the case because he owns Exxon stock.

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Court slashes judgment in Exxon Valdez disaster (AP 6/25)

Supreme Court Decision:
Syllabus | Opinion [Souter] | Concurrence [Scalia] | Concurence/Dissent [Stevens] | Concurence/Dissent [Ginsburg] | Concurence/Dissent [Breyer]

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