Amicus Briefs Pile Up As Exxon Oral Argument Nears

Law360, New York (January 30, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Alaska and 34 other states have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the fishermen and state residents contesting ExxonMobil Corp.'s appeal of $2.5 billion in punitive damages imposed on it in the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill.

Alaska's brief, filed Tuesday, argues that maritime law allows a court to hold ExxonMobil responsible for the conduct of its employees, particularly the alcoholic captain of the Exxon Valdez, Joseph Hazelwood.

The brief also says that the Clean Water Act does not preclude maritime...
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