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N.H. Jury Awards $236 Million to State
In MTBE Lawsuit Against Exxon Mobil

April 12, 2013, 4:00 AM

BOSTON—A jury in New Hampshire April 9 awarded the state $236 million after finding that gasoline sold by Exxon Mobil contaminated state waters with methyl tertiary butyl ether (New Hampshire v. Hess Corp.).

“By its verdict, the jury validated what we knew—Exxon was aware of the risks of manufacturing MtBE gasoline, but went ahead and added MtBE to New Hampshire’s gasoline,” New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney said in a statement.

The jury verdict came after a three-month trial in New Hampshire Superior Court. The case originated more than nine years ago when the state sued 22 ...