Jury Finds Exxon Liable for $236.4 Million in U.S. Pollution Suit

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Jury Finds Exxon Liable for $236.4 Million in U.S. Pollution Suit

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ury finds Exxon liable for $236.4 million in U.S. pollution suit

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 3:00pm

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By Jason McLure 

(Reuters) – A New Hampshire jury on Tuesday found Exxon Mobil Corp liable for $236.4 million (154.2 million pounds) in a civil lawsuit that charged the oil company had polluted groundwater in the state with a gasoline additive used to reduce smog in the 1970s and 1980s.

Following a three-month trial, jurors deliberated less than two hours before finding that the world’s largest publicly traded oil company acted negligently in contaminating the groundwater with the additive MTBE, said Jessica Grant, a lawyer who represented the state.

“We’re very pleased that the jury held Exxon accountable for the harm its defective product caused to the state’s groundwater resources and that they also held Exxon responsible for its negligence,” she said.

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