Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Report
ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
69 ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION AND TOXIC TORTS 2008 Annual Report1 I. PUNITIVE DAMAGES The United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling limiting punitive damages that may provide new tools for defendants facing punitive damages in all civil cases. In the latest chapter of the long-running Exxon Valdez saga, the Supreme Court overturned a $2.5 billion punitive damages award assessed against Exxon for the 1989 Valdez oil spill, holding that the award is excessive under maritime common law.2...