Oct 2, 2015 9:43 AM
Exxon Mobil could face $236 million punishment in contamination lawsuit
The Associated Press
CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire's highest court is set to rule on whether a record $236 million judgment should stand against Exxon Mobil in a groundwater contamination case.
A jury reached the verdict in 2013 after finding the company liable in a long-running lawsuit over contamination by the gasoline additive MTBE. Lasting nearly four months, it was the longest state trial and largest jury award in New Hampshire history.
Lawyers for Exxon Mobil asked the court for a new trial. They said the company used MTBE to meet federal Clean Air Act mandates to reduce air pollution and shouldn't be held liable for sites contaminated by unnamed parties, such as owners of junk yards and independent gas stations.