A jury in Maryland recently awarded 160 plaintiffs, who had filed suit against Exxon Mobil, more than $1.5 billion for a 2006 leak at a gasoline station. The verdict against the oil company, tried in Baltimore County Circuit Court, included more than $1 billion in punitive damages. That was in addition to the $495 million in compensatory damages that the jury awarded the Plaintiffs as a result of damage caused by the 26,000 gallons of gasoline that leaked from a pressurized line in Jacksonville, Md., over 37 days in January and February in 2006. The leak reached the groundwater in the community that relies on private wells for drinking water. Exxon Mobil said it had already spent more than $46 million on the spill’s cleanup and been fined $4 million by the state. The company will appeal the verdict.
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