BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore County jury has ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay more than $495 million to compensate a group of Jacksonville families affected by a 2006 underground gasoline leak, and that amount could grow.
The Circuit Court jury is scheduled to deliberate Thursday on an amount to award in punitive damages. A lawyer for the 160 families and businesses affected by the leak, Charles G. Bernstein, urged the jury to award punitive damages of three to five times the sum they awarded in compensatory damages.
The leak in 2006 spilled about 26,000 gallons of gasoline into the groundwater in Jacksonville, which has no public water or sewer service and depends on private wells for drinking water. Exxon's lawyers say the company has spent $46 million on cleanup.
(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Ryan Gosling is breaking hearts at the Cannes Film Festival.
WTOP takes an all-electric motorcycle for a test drive. (Video)
What will you be doing when you're 81? Probably not this.
Clothes have a starring role at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photos)