An asbestos defendant should have been permitted to introduce evidence that it had no duty to intervene to protect the plaintiff because of the safety programs implemented by the plaintiff’s employer, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in reversing a $17.5 million judgment.
Certain residents in the vicinity of a massive gasoline leak could not recover damages for their fear of contracting cancer from toxic chemicals released into their groundwater, a Maryland appellate court has ruled in an en banc decision.
Exxon Mobil Corp. has been hit with $1 billion in punitive damages for a 2006 gasoline leak in rural Baltimore County, Md., sources close to the litigation said Thursday.
That’s in addition to about $495 million in compensatory damage awards that were made public Wednesday.
A Virginia jury has awarded $25 million to a ship repair coordinator who had contracted mesothelioma after working on oil tankers for years.
A Newport News, Va. Circuit Court jury has hit oil giant Exxon Mobil with a $25 million verdict in an asbestos lawsuit brought by a former shipyard worker — among the largest jury verdicts ever handed down in a Virginia personal injury case.
WASHINGTON – As oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spread, lawmakers have introduced legislation that would lift the cap on punitive damages that can be assessed against those responsible for such disasters under maritime law.
As coastal businesses and governments brace for the full effects of the massive petroleum spill off the Gulf Coast, the legal landscape for those seeking civil damages from oil company BP may be as slippery as the oil slick itself.