Exxon Apologizes In $1B Groundwater Pollution Trial

Law360, New York (October 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A lawyer for Exxon Mobil Corp. apologized to Maryland residents Wednesday in a trial stemming from a $1 billion lawsuit over an undetected gas leak at a service station that contaminated surrounding groundwater supplies, but said the company shouldn't be on the hook for punitive damages.

During opening arguments in a Baltimore County Circuit Court, James F. Sanders said Exxon was “sorry for the magnitude of the leak” at Exxon’s service station in Jacksonville, Md., that poured more than 25,000 gallons of gas into the ground...
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