A Baltimore County jury did not award punitive damages in the Jacksonville Exxon oil spill in 2006. The jury did award economic damages for property damage and loss of value of property. The diminution of property value awards to these Jacksonville homeowners is ranging from $300,000 to $1.3 million which, to me, sounds pretty good. The jury is also awarding medical monitoring compensation ranging from $5,000 to $95,000 and noneconomic damages up to a $1,000,000 a family. So there is going to be a large verdict but not the billions of dollars sought by Plaintiffs.
I’ll provide more information when it becomes available. Apparently, verdicts have been read to the residents of 64 Jacksonville homes with 24 more to go. I’m getting most of what I know from Danny Jacobs from the Maryland Daily Record who is at the trial and is Twittering the reading of the verdict.