U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Review Exxon Valdez Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Exxon Mobil is making a final appeal for a review of a court decision ordering it to pay $2.5 billion in punitive damages over a 1989 Alaska spill.

Irving-based Exxon Mobil has managed to get the award cut in half from the original five billion dollars awarded in 1994 by an Anchorage jury.

The class action suit stemmed from the nearly eleven million-gallon crude oil spill in Prince William Sound.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the company on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower ruling.

In May, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied Exxon's request for another hearing in the long-running civil case.

In a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press, company spokesman Tony Cudmore says Exxon Mobil has paid out $3.5 billion, including compensatory payments, cleanup payments and settlements.

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