Jury Issues Damages In 1st Bouchard Oil Spill Trial

Law360 (April 5, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT) -- A 13-member jury has awarded more than $135,000 in damages to the first wave of plaintiffs in a class action against Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. over a 2003 oil spill that damaged 90 miles of shoreline property in and around Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay.

The verdict, rendered Friday in Plymouth County Superior Court in Massachusetts, allocated between $3,150 and $45,300 to each of the first eight plaintiffs in a class consisting of about 1,100 property owners.

Plaintiffs will receive an additional 12 percent interest dating to the 2004 filing of the suit, the first-ever environmental class action to go to trial in...

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