Exxon Valdez Supreme Court decision breakdown - KTVA

After nearly 20 years, the last legal decision in the Exxon Valdez case comes with emotions ranging from disappointment to disgust. Full Story
lucille

United States

#1 Jun 25, 2008
these judges should be IMPEACHED...there is NO JUSTICE in our system when they overstep their judicial responsibilities by creating law versus interpreting law.
this ruling should be overturned....meanwhile, Exxon sneezes and I am sure celebrating their greediness. follow the monies...exxon has influenced this case starting with the Ninth "CIRCUS" 'court judges. do the story on all the junkets that Exxon pays for judges to go on.
this was CRIMINAL negligence and noone held them accountable!
John

Eagle River, AK

#2 Jun 25, 2008
I think that some of these reactions are a little ridiculous. Yes, it spanned out 19 years, yes they only get $15.5k each, but don't forget that Exxon has already paid $3.2B in fixing "their"(Hazelwood) mistake. This has gone on long enough and I for one am glad it's over.
Andy

Fort Wainwright, AK

#3 Jun 25, 2008
BS....they won this by greasing the palms of fellow Justices...Big Oil paid someone off to save what they should of been forced to pay. The one justice that was removed from this decision because of his personal affiliation with Exxon, had to have voiced his opinion to fellow Justices, thus alienating the whole process. Just goes to prove our Judicial system is as tainted as the shorelines of our great state of Alaska...no more Exxon...move on..and move out of Alaska.
Steve Conn

Clinton, WA

#4 Jun 25, 2008
Only Ralph Nader spoke out in favor the plaintiffs in 2000 and in 2004. A sad day for Alaska.
PWS Drifter

Wasilla, AK

#5 Jun 25, 2008
MANY people were hurt deeply and deserved greater compensation. The Supreme Court should be embarrassed by the injustice of this ruling. Yet, something perhaps more important has happened here. It was stated: "Exxon had nothing to gain by their conduct in this case." On the contrary, Exxon & other large companies have had their "licence" ratified to do whatever they want to the environment with impunity. And if in doing so, they devastate 33000 people, they don't care. Shame Shame.
PWS Drifter

Wasilla, AK

#6 Jun 25, 2008
John wrote:
I think that some of these reactions are a little ridiculous. Yes, it spanned out 19 years, yes they only get $15.5k each, but don't forget that Exxon has already paid $3.2B in fixing "their"(Hazelwood) mistake. This has gone on long enough and I for one am glad it's over.
Hello John, I'm glad it's over too. But you're obviously not close enough to the folks in Cordova to have a handle on the issue. Fishermen aside, YOU and everyone else will be negatively affected by this ruling. Exxon's behavior has been validated. Same on them. Shame on the court.
PWS Seine Family

Anchorage, AK

#7 Jun 25, 2008
It's done. Justice? No. Politics. Yes. But done. Entire lifetime for our kids--they've gone from diapers to young adulthood. All they knew was the spill & its impact upon our lives, way of life and livlihood. We lost everything & fortunately were able to start over midlife. Not all were able to do so. We didn't lose our marriage, our home, nor our family...others did. Now, perhaps our permit & boat loans (State of Alaska) will be mostly paid off with whatever the matrix formulation indicates...but we are still bearing the burden of an incredibly huge wieght due to one man's alcoholism, one company's HR choices, and the lack of appropriate and timely response by the spill response team. The next worry is how to pay the IRS...it is taxable money. Hopefully there will be something left over after the State gets paid to retire our debt. Perhaps Sen Murkowski will be successful in her pursuit of relief in that arena. It hasn't ended, yet. Hopefully soon.
SPEEDHUMP

Anchorage, AK

#8 Jun 26, 2008
TODAYS HEADLINE
Drunk driver gets away with MURDER!
Big money wins again

Baltimore, MD

#9 Jun 26, 2008
The decision proves once again that if you are rich and powerful you eventually win. My small part is since the Valdez incident that I have not purhased Exxon gasoline. I know that Exxon could care less about me and my decision, but it sure makes me feel better.
Alaska

Wasilla, AK

#10 Jun 26, 2008
Lets see if it adds up 2.5b or 500m + purchase price for judges......Better....deal no deal? Cool that was cheep.
Next on the Agenda?
TERRYNSV

Menlo Park, CA

#11 Jun 26, 2008
the original ruling was rediculous, this latest one is more justified. I'm sick of you people thinking your owed something for every thing that happens. stand up for a change, take care of yourselves. this country was built by people doing just that. You all expected to get rich and retire from this settlement, and thats the real crime. Fair compensation? yes, your due that, but be fair, and you shouldnt have hoped to be able to live off this disaster for the rest of your lives. Things happen all over the world all the time, sometimes people are affected and they have to adjust. Its life people, deal with it.
TERRYNSV

Menlo Park, CA

#12 Jun 26, 2008
lucille wrote:
these judges should be IMPEACHED...there is NO JUSTICE in our system when they overstep their judicial responsibilities by creating law versus interpreting law.
this ruling should be overturned....meanwhile, Exxon sneezes and I am sure celebrating their greediness. follow the monies...exxon has influenced this case starting with the Ninth "CIRCUS" 'court judges. do the story on all the junkets that Exxon pays for judges to go on.
this was CRIMINAL negligence and noone held them accountable!
No this was taking a rediculous judgement and making it fair compensation to the parties involved. simple as that.
True Voices

United States

#13 Jun 26, 2008
As Native Americans, WE have aboriginal rights, treaty rights, constitutional and congressional mandates, and Executive Orders which direct the implementation of our aboriginal rights in america. As NATIVE americans our land and resources were taken from us with the same MINDSET, "I guess this was how the WEST was won."
dwp

Anchorage, AK

#14 Jun 26, 2008
TERRYNSV wrote:
the original ruling was rediculous, this latest one is more justified. I'm sick of you people thinking your owed something for every thing that happens. stand up for a change, take care of yourselves. this country was built by people doing just that. You all expected to get rich and retire from this settlement, and thats the real crime. Fair compensation? yes, your due that, but be fair, and you shouldnt have hoped to be able to live off this disaster for the rest of your lives. Things happen all over the world all the time, sometimes people are affected and they have to adjust. Its life people, deal with it.
I lived in Alaska for 22 yrs now and love the people and the land. Get rich quick! Maybe you should come visit and get to know the land and the people of Alaska because there was a VERY huge oil spill that took place not in a city with a large chain grocery stores or the convience supplies near by. These "AMERICANS" fish, hunt and live off the land as a way of life for living. They fligh to town or drive many hours and ship enough supplies back home for the long winter and when their income is affected for a number of yrs for someone driving under the influence...you bet someone should be held reponsible and let other oil companies learn & know that this is the a huge responsiblity to transport oil across the ocean. Don't drink & drive should count for everyone. This settlement doesn't even count towards 1 yr of income loss for these "AMERICANS". So times it by 30,000 plaintiffs then by 20 yrs then by the income loss and not even including the lives and families that were distroyed by this PREVENTABLE situation. NOW WERE IS THE JUSTICE IT THAT!
johnv

Homer, AK

#15 Jun 29, 2008
Whether you are a plaintiff or not this ruling should trouble you. Essentially, the Supreme Court made up a new law, a job that only congress and state legislatures have done in the past. Do we want these five justices, who arguably are the most incompetent bunch of barristers to sit on the bench in the history of the United States, to start drafting legislation? Their job is to interpret existing law, not pull new law out of their asses. If we didn't have a spineless congress they would censure the five justices, throw out the decision and let the original, 5 billion dollar punitive damge award stand. How about it Ted, Lisa and Don?
bighrqueen

United States

#16 Jul 2, 2008
John wrote:
I think that some of these reactions are a little ridiculous. Yes, it spanned out 19 years, yes they only get $15.5k each, but don't forget that Exxon has already paid $3.2B in fixing "their"(Hazelwood) mistake. This has gone on long enough and I for one am glad it's over.
You mean they wrote off and expensed 3.2B not much of a lesson there.
glwickett

Cottage Grove, OR

#17 Aug 5, 2008
Before the oil spill our fishing license was worth about 150,000 dollars. Afterwards mabe 10,000. The original compensation did not figure in any of that let alone all the future earnings lost. If you hurt someone in car accident, would they only got lost wages for a few weeks or a year, when they crippld for the rest of their lives?

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