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Baker v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, No. 04-35182

In an action for property damage based on an oil spill caused by Defendant's tanker, the Exxon Valdez, the District Court's order awarding post-judgment interest on punitive damages starting in 2008 is reversed, where the Supreme Court "meaningfully ascertained" Plaintiffs' entitlement to punitive damages in 1996, and thus that was the proper date from which to start the post-judgment interest.

Read the full decision in Baker v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, No. 04-35182.

Appeal Information:

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Alaska. H. Russel Holland, District Judge, Presiding

Argued and Submitted on December 15, 2008--Pasadena, California. Filed June 15, 2009.


Before Mary M. Schroeder, Andrew J. Kleinfeld and Sidney R. Thomas, Circuit Judges.

Opinion by Judge Schroeder. Partial Concurrence and Partial Dissent by Judge Kleinfeld.


Jeffrey L. Fisher, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Stanford, California, for the plaintiffs-appellees-appellants.

Jonathan Hacker, O'Melveny & Myers, LLP, Washington, D.C., for the defendants-appellants-appellees.