Exxon to get extra time before court

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Attorneys for Exxon Mobil Corp. and the plaintiffs in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill case will have more time to present their points Feb. 27 before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Each side will get an additional 15 minutes to address the high court in the big punitive damages case stemming from the 11-million-gallon spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound.

In an order Friday, the Supreme Court decided to give both sides the extra time. The addition means each side will have 45 minutes to make their arguments in the $2.5 billion punitive damages award decided by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In the same order, however, the Supreme Court denied a request by the State of Alaska for time to argue on behalf of the plaintiffs.

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