NYC Wins First Phase In MTBE Trial Against Exxon

Law360, New York (August 12, 2009, 8:39 PM EDT) -- A federal jury found in favor of New York City on Wednesday in the first phase of a trial against Exxon Mobil Corp., which the city alleges poisoned groundwater wells in Queens with a gasoline additive.

The city initially sued about 30 oil companies several years ago, saying their use of methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE, as an octane-increasing agent in gasoline poisoned wells that were to be used as backup water supply. All the firms have settled out of court except ExxonMobil.

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