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In re Exxon Valdez

The court cut nearly in half the $4.5 billion punitive damages award against Exxon Mobil in connection with its 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The ratio of punitive damages to actual economic harm resulting from the...

Lakosh v. Alaska Dep't of Envtl. Conservation

The court holds that a North Carolina county did not violate a company's due process or equal protection rights by not issuing the company a building permit for a proposed asphalt plant, by enacting a one-year moratorium on the building...

Bethel Native Corp. v. Department of the Interior

The court holds that the Eleventh Amendment does not bar the U.S. third-party claim against the state of Alaska for equitable apportionment of damages alleged in a Federal Tort Claims Act action brought by a Native American tribe...

Kodiak Island Borough v. Exxon Corp.

The court reverses a trial court decision granting an oil company's summary judgment motion to dismiss cities' claims for the value of municipal services that were diverted to cleanup efforts following the Exxon Valdez oil spill...

In re Exxon Valdez

The court holds that native Alaskans may not bring a public nuisance action to recover damages for noneconomic "cultural" injuries they incurred as a result of the 1989 grounding of the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound....