The plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit against ExxonMobil over the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill have suffered a setback. Congress has refused an amendment that would have given Alaskans a tax break on any awards received from the Exxon Valdez lawsuit. The amendment, sponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski, was attached to a farm bill and passed by the Senate, but the House version didn’t contain the tax provision. When both chambers began negotiating a final version of the farm bill, the tax amendment was quietly dropped. Hopefully, Senator Murkowski will find another bill to be used as a vehicle for the tax proposal. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to deliver its decision on the lawsuit against Exxon sometime this month. I have hopes that the court will do the right thing and uphold the Valdez verdict in its entirety.
Source: Associated Press
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