Supreme Court Vacates ExxonMobil Damages

Law360, New York (February 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Citing a recent high-profile courtroom victory for the tobacco industry, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday gave energy giant ExxonMobil Corp. a legal boost by vacating a $225 million damage award in an environmental pollution lawsuit.

The Justices ordered the Court of Appeals of Louisiana to reconsider the award in light of the Supreme Court’s Feb. 20 decision in Philip Morris USA v. Williams, which further reined in a jury’s ability to calculate stiff punitive damages.

ExxonMobil's case reached the High Court after the Louisiana Supreme...
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