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Top 5: ‘A day late and two dollars short’

It was all the Exxon gas leak case this week from The Daily Record’s legal affairs side — at least when it comes to the top stories on our site. Some of those stories and more made it into this week’s staff-written top 5.

1. Jurors will award punitive damages in Exxon leak case – by Danny Jacobs

Exxon Mobil Corp. should pay punitive damages to the second group of Jacksonville residents to sue over a massive 2006 gas leak, the jury deciding the case said Tuesday.

While the amount has yet to be determined, the award of punitive damages indicates the jury found the company liable for fraud or other intentional misconduct.

2. Exxon hit with $1B more in damages – by Danny Jacobs

Exxon Mobil Corp. has been hit with $1 billion in punitive damages for a 2006 gasoline leak in rural Baltimore County, sources close to the litigation said.

That’s in addition to about $495 million in compensatory damage awards that were made public Wednesday.

3. Allison plaintiffs awarded $495M in Exxon leak case – by Danny Jacobs

A Baltimore County jury has awarded more than $495 million in compensatory damages to Jacksonville residents who sued Exxon Mobil Corp. over a 2006 gasoline leak.

The six female jurors deliberated on punitive damages for six hours Wednesday afternoon until they were dismissed at 7:30 p.m. by Judge Robert N. Dugan. They will continue deliberations Thursday morning.

4. Black employee awarded $1.65M for wrongful termination – by Danielle Ulman

A former high-ranking employee of Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has won a $1.65 million verdict for his wrongful termination in 2005.

A Prince George’s County Circuit Court jury found on Tuesday that Allen W. Cartwright Jr., a black man, had been discharged from his job at the commission because of race discrimination.

5. Supreme Court takes Maryland FMLA case

The Supreme Court will use a lawsuit by a former Maryland court employee to determine if states can be sued for violating the self-care provision of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

Daniel Coleman, once the executive director of procurement and contract administration at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Annapolis, claimed he was illegally fired in August 2007 for taking sick leave.