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19 Years After Spill, Exxon Valdez Checks Going Out

Law360 (November 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Many plaintiffs who sued over the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill should begin receiving their share of punitive damages next week, now that a federal judge has authorized the release of part of the $383 million settlement in the case.

Judge H. Russel Holland of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska issued a ruling Monday ordering the release of $151 million of the settlement. The remaining $232 million will be paid out later.

The court issued hundreds of pages of names of who...
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