Friday, March 13, 2009

Maryland home owners win verdict against Exxon

March 12, 2009

TOWSON — On Feb. 21, 2006, Jodi Howe noticed helicopters circling above her home on Robcaste Road in the northern Baltimore County town of Jacksonville. The same night at a community meeting, she learned what the TV news reporters filming from the choppers already knew: a nearby ExxonMobil station had discovered a gas leak that was contaminating the local groundwater.

Three years later, on Thursday morning, Howe found out that she would receive $700,000, roughly the pre-leak value of her home, in compensatory damages for property value diminution, in addition to $1 million in non-economic damages and nearly $150,000 in medical bills for her family.


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