- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s highest court has ruled that a record $236 million judgment stands 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.

The state Supreme Court rejected that argument Friday and about 10 other points raised by the Irving, Texas-based Exxon.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide