A Maryland appeals court has thrown out part of a $147 million jury award to the Plaintiffs who sued over a massive 2006 gasoline leak. But the Court of Special Appeals, the state’s second-highest court, left intact about $60 million in property damage claims against Exxon Mobil Corp. The Court struck down emotional distress damages because of improper jury instructions. Dozens of households were Plaintiffs in the suit which stemmed from the leak at a Jacksonville gas station that spilled 26,000 gallons into groundwater supplying wells in northern Baltimore County. The Appeals Court ordered a new trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court on the emotional distress damages for most of the Plaintiffs. The Appeals Court also disallowed damages to cover health checks for the residents.
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