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Huge Punitive Damage Award Likely To Be Trimmed, Not Eliminated

The record-setting $2.5 billion punitive damage award against Exxon for an Alaskan oil spill will likely be trimmed, but not eliminated, judging from the oral argument yesterday in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker. Michael Krauss, Jacob Sullum, and Ted Boutros argued earlier against the huge award. Exxon argues that maritime law precedent bars the punitive damages.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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