July 19, 2008

Exxon Valdez Plaintiffs File Reply In Support of Request for Interest

The plaintiffs in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker have filed their reply brief in support of their request for interest on the $500 million punitive damages award. You can read our prior posts on this subject here, here, and here, plus the plaintiffs' original submission and Exxon's response (courtesy of SCOTUSblog).

On a related note, the Alaska Public Radio Network reports a disagreement among Alaska state officials on whether the state should weigh in on the interest dispute. Three state legislators thing the state should get involved, but a state attorney who has represented the state in Exxon Shipping thinks otherwise. Personally, I don't see how an amicus brief would have much influence with the court on a question like this.