More on ExxonMobil v. State

As we reported yesterday, the Alabama Supreme Court issued its opinion in Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Ms. 1031167 (Ala. Nov. 1, 2007), in which the Court struck the $3.5 billion punitive damage award in its entirety, and reduced the breach of contract award by approximately $11.8 million. 

Follow the links for articles on this opinion…

"Exxon Wins $3.5 Billion Appeal in Alabama Fees Case" – Bloomberg

"$3.6 billion ruling rejected" – Birmingham News

"Ala. Court Cuts $3.6B Verdict Vs. Exxon" – AP

 

Alabama Supreme Court Issues Opinion In Exxon v. State

Today, in one of the more high profile cases before the Court, the Alabama Supreme Court issued its opinion in Exxon’s appeal of  a multi-billion dollar judgment against it in favor of the State.  In ExxonMobil Corp. v. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Ms. 1031167 (Ala. Nov. 1, 2007), the Supreme Court, in an  8-1 opinion with several concurrences, struck the $3.5 billion punitive damage award in its entirety, and reduced the breach of contract award from $63.8 million to $51.9 million.  The opinion was authored by Justice Parker.  Chief Justice Cobb dissented, stating that she would affirm a portion of the punitive damage award.

ExxonMobil’s appeal was handled, along with others, by Lightfoot, Franklin and White attorneys Sam C. Pointer, Jr., Samuel H. Franklin, and M. Christian King.  Sam Franklin and Chris King argued the case before the Alabama Supreme Court.

Justice See to Participate in Panel Regarding Selection of State Court Judges

Justice See will be participating in a panel discussion regarding the legislative response to the selection of state court judges at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures ("NCSL") to be held in Boston.  The panel discussion is scheduled to take place Thursday, August 9, 2007 at the Boston Convention & Exhibit Center.  Click here for the NCSL press release regarding the panel discussion.