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February 13, 2008


Rochelle van den Broek

If you are an Exxon plaintiff in this case, or simply interested in corporate accountability and clean water for all, visit and subscribe to email updates. Plan to be in DC for the week of the 25th. We are holding a press conference in DC and candlelight vigil on the steps of the Supreme Court....more details on the action are reported as they become available so sign up today.


Exxon's arguments are getting weaker and weaker, though they never started out with a decent case. Now they're saying that "what the captain does at sea isn't the companies fault," glossing over the fact they the company knowingly hired the drunkard on shore. He didn't even have a drivers license!

The original $5 billion punitive damages were based on a years profits by the oil giant. Today, after twenty years of inflation, and after the court halved the amount, and after oil prices have launched into the upper atmosphere, the punitive damages amounts to about a week's worth of profits by the company.

It's almost an embarrassment to label this award "punitive"... like "We're here to fine you. We'll take any coins we find under your couch cushions, then we'll be going. Stop being bad, or we will fine you a second time!"

Meanwhile, most fishermen (my family included) went bankrupt after the industry collapse that followed the market shift that was due to the spill. The little guy takes it hard, once again...

Rochelle van den Broek

The Whole Truth campaign ( was actually initiated by two leading Alaska organizations, Cordova District Fishermen United (CDFU) and Prince William Soundkeeper (PWSK). CDFU is Alaska's oldest fishing organization, and represents the political interests of over 1,000 Prince William Sound fishermen - many of whom are plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez case. PWSK, is interested in the protection of water quality and the life it sustains in the Prince William Sound ecosystem therefore has a vested interest in this case.

We've just added more case information to our website, including a flow chart that clearly demonstrates the history of the case in the courts. Very interesting!


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