Tort and Claim Liability in the Exxon Valdez Case Case Study by Nicky

Tort and Claim Liability in the Exxon Valdez Case
Looks at the legal implications of tort and claim liability in the Exxon Valdez by analyzing common law versus maritime law.
# 144761 | 3,000 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper explains that, in the environmental disaster caused by the grounding of the oil tanker Exxon Valdez in Alaska, ethic of care established in the civil law did not constitute a maritime tort in maritime law; therefore, the scope of liability has resulted in innumerable hours of litigation and appeals. Next, the author reviews these legal and ethical aspects of this case. The paper concludes by recommending actions to prevent such disasters from occurring again.

Table of Contents:
Case Details
Legal Analysis
Ethical Analysis
Contributing Factors
Ethical Decision Factors to Consider
Recommended Corrective Action

From the Paper:

"The Exxon case provides ample opportunity for the redevelopment of federal consumer protection laws, but has subsequently ended with little or no resulting change, as late as 2008 the Supreme Court again reduced the liability of the company to a paltry 507.5 million dollars, taking into consideration amount the company has already paid for compensation as well as clean up of the spill. The subsequent attempts to recoup any funds lost by consumers for increased oil prices have failed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Feinman, J. M. (2000). Law 101: Everything You Need to Know about the American Legal System. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • "Exxon Valdez Damages Reduced," June 2008, Business Law Prof Blog Retrieved November 18, 2008.
  • Greely, J. (1989, May 29). Alaska over the Barrels: The Spills and Spoils of Big Oil. The Nation, 248, 721.
  • Jasanoff, S. (2006) "Transparency in Public Science: Purposes, Reasons, Limits." Law and Contemporary Problems 69.3, 21.
  • Nixon, D. W. (1994). Marine and Coastal Law: Cases and Materials. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

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