Appeal Threatens to Hold up Exxon Valdez Payments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Prince William Sound commercial
fishermen have been waiting 19 years for punitive damages against
Exxon Mobil in the nation's worst oil spill.
Now that a payout is imminent, another delay may be coming.
Lawyers for a Seattle-based company that ran a fish-processing
plant in Valdez, Alaska, have filed court papers objecting to the
allocation plan.
They are seeking a new plan that conforms to the U.S. Supreme
Court ruling in June, which awarded up to $507.5 million in
punitive damages to nearly 33,000 commercial fishermen, cannery
workers, land owners, Alaska Natives and others who claimed harm
from the 1989 crude oil spill.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs and Exxon had worked out a partial
settlement under which Exxon agreed to release $383 million.

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