Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The New Jersey Law Journal (via law.com) reports on a ruling by a New Jersey judge finding Exxon Mobil liable for causing a public nuisance by polluting the waterways, land, and wetlands at two former refinery sites. "The damage to the contaminated sites resulted from both the active disposing and accidental spilling of hazardous substances," [Judge] Anzaldi ruled. "The resulting harm was great." The New Jersey Attorney General's Office issued this press release. The case is far from over, however. For one thing, Exxon still has a pending motion to dismiss the nuisance claim on statute of limitations grounds. A copy of Judge Anzaldi's opinion is available here (pdf).