A New Jersey Superior Court judge has rejected an effort by ExxonMobil to limit its damages for harming natural resources at two refinery sites. The judge denied the company's motion to dismiss the state's claims that the public trust doctrine can be used for recovery of damages for pollution on private property, in this case uplands and tidal lands. The judge had ruled earlier that the state could pursue ExxonMobil for natural resource damages done by the refineries.
ExxonMobil Rebuffed in Claim to Reduce Damages in Natural Resource Suit
New Jersey Law Journal
August 14, 2009