The Supreme Court has asked Exxon to respond to a recent filing by the Alaskan fishermen, families and others whose $2.5 billion-punitive damages award for the Exxon Valdez oil spill was cut roughly to $500 million by the Supreme Court in June on whether they may collect interest of almost an equal amount on that award.

“The Court has asked us to respond by Tuesday [July 15] and we will,” said Walter Dellinger, partner in the Washington office of O’Melveny & Myers, and counsel to Exxon in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, No. 07-219.