State files friend of the court brief

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2008

JUNEAU - The state of Alaska has filed a friend of the court brief in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case.

Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday that the brief encourages the U.S. Supreme Court to hold the oil company responsible for the spill and make it pay the jury award of $2.5 billion in punitive damages.

Exxon has been appealing the case since an Anchorage jury in 1994 returned $5 billion in punitive damages against the company. An appeals court later cut the award in half.

The Exxon Valdez hit a reef in Prince William Sound in 1989 and spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil.

The nation's highest court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Exxon's appeal on Feb. 27.

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