Exxon, Chevron Top Targets For Environmental Suits

Law360, New York (September 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. ranked number one on Law360's list of most-named defendant corporations in environmental lawsuits between 2003 and 2008.

Suits against energy companies will likely continue as green groups turn to the courts to tackle a perceived lack of oil industry regulation, attorneys say.

Exxon topped the list with 97 suits, followed by Chevron Corp. with 87, Atlantic Richfield Company with 74 and Shell Oil Company with 74.

Oil giants typically are hit with suits related to oil spills, as well as cases alleging groundwater...
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