Exxon Defeat On Gas Additive Leaves Energy Cos. Vulnerable

Law360, New York (August 7, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT) -- Energy companies will have a tougher time fending off pollution and public health claims from newly emboldened plaintiffs now that the Second Circuit has preserved a $105 million verdict against Exxon Mobil Corp. over water contamination from the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether, experts say.

By soundly rejecting Exxon's argument that the Clean Air Act preempts state law claims and by upholding the costly verdict, the appeals court sent MTBE manufacturers and suppliers a strong message that they face a difficult fight with municipalities and other plaintiffs...
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