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Exxon Valdez Oil Tanker Sold
2012-03-26 13:50:29

The oil tanker known for one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history, the Exxon Valdez, has been bought by Indian company Best Oasis. The company did not disclose the price or purpose of its purchase, but Best Oasis is known for buying old ships to dismantle and reuse the salvageable material. The Exxon Valdez oil tanker rose to fame on March 24, 1989 when it ran onto rocks, coating the shoreline with oil and killing nearly 40,000 birds and other animals. Exxon Mobil spent $900...

2010-09-08 08:30:00

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Literally filling warehouses, the paperwork in the Exxon Valdez case was so daunting it prompted hyperbolic comparisons to the 11 million gallons of oil that spewed from the ship itself into Alaska's Prince William Sound. But thanks largely to the 21st-century imperative for parties to hand over all electronic documents that could prove relevant to a matter in litigation, the discovery challenges involved in the BP/Deepwater Horizon case could make...

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2009-12-25 13:05:04

A tugboat collided with the same reef that the Exxon Valdez tanker hit 20 years ago, resulting in spilled fuel in Alaska's Prince William Sound and a three-mile-long slick, according to the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday. An unknown amount of diesel was leaked from the Pathfinder tug after it ran aground Wednesday on Bligh Reef. The owners of the boat were pumping the remaining diesel from the original 33,500 gallons in its tanks, reported AFP. The Coast Guard said on its website that flyovers by...

2008-06-26 12:02:40

By Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times Jun. 26--Hopes of fishermen throughout Washington and Alaska were sunk Wednesday when the Supreme Court slashed the amount of punitive damages that Exxon must pay for the epic Exxon Valdez oil spill nearly two decades ago. The high court, in a 5-3 decision, found that punitive damages could not be larger than the compensatory damages for actual losses from the spill, which totaled $507.5 million. The justices rejected the amount -- $2.5 billion...

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2008-06-26 06:00:00

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out a $2.5 billion punitive damages award arising from the 1989 grounding of the Exxon Valdez, in a 5-3 decision that strengthens its trend of curtailing damages to punish and deter wrongdoing. The majority found that commercial fishermen and other Alaska businesses should have won no more than $507.5 million in punitive damages for the losses caused by the supertanker's spill of 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince...

2008-06-26 03:00:49

By Elizabeth Souder and Dave Michaels, The Dallas Morning News Jun. 26--After 19 years, Exxon Mobil Corp. succeeded in getting the Supreme Court to slash the additional amount it must pay Alaskans harmed by the 1989 Valdez oil spill from the original $5 billion to $500 million. In the 5-3 ruling issued Wednesday, justices said it was "reckless" for Valdez captain Joseph Hazelwood to drive the ship after drinking five double-shots of vodka but not malicious. Justice Samuel Alito owns...

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2008-02-27 09:05:00

WASHINGTON -- It has been almost 20 years since the infamous Joseph Hazelwood and the Exxon Valdez loomed large in the nation's consciousness after the allegedly intoxicated captain beached the supertanker on the rocks of Prince William Sound in Alaska, dumping millions of gallons of oil into the sea. But it's just this week that a case arising from the massive oil spill reaches the Supreme Court. You can blame the twisted path high-stakes civil litigation takes in this country or even an...


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