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 [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.