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Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Albright

ELR Citation: 43 ELR 20144
Nos. 15, (Md., 06/25/2013)

Maryland's highest court denied requests to reconsider two of its prior rulings in which it reversed a lower court's decision awarding residents punitive damages for emotional distress and medical monitoring. Below, the residents claimed that an oil company was responsible for contaminating their groundwater with benzene and methyl tertiary butyl ether following an undetected gasoline leak that lasted 37 days. A lower court awarded the residents punitive damages for emotional distress for fear of developing cancer and for fear of injury to real property, as well as damages for medical monitoring. The Maryland Court of Appeals reversed. The residents filed motions for reconsideration, in which they largely reargued the merits and questions that were presented and decided below. The court therefore denied the motions for reconsideration, although it clarified certain matters concerning instructions made to the trial court and the jury. Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Albright, No. 15, 43 ELR 20144 (Md. June 25, 2013); Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Ford, No. 16, 43 ELR 20145 (Md. June 26, 2013).