High Court Rejects $20.7M Pollution Award Appeal

Law360, New York (June 30, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to hear an appeal of a nearly four-year-old pollution case that awarded several Georgia state residents more than $20.7 million against a manufacturer of carbon black.

The high court's decision lets stand an award to Georgia boat dealer John Tharpe and resident Owen Ditchfield of $3.2 million for compensation and court costs and $17.5 million in punitive damages in a judgment against Continental Carbon Co., a subsidiary of China Synthetic Rubber Corp.

In 2004, a federal jury ruled in favor...
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