Oil Drilling and Legal Liability

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on recent court decisions and liability caps, focusing on the Supreme Court’s 2008… read more

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on recent court decisions and liability caps, focusing on the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in Exxon v. Baker, in which a 5-4 opinion by the Court reduced the amount of punitive damages a jury awarded to victims of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill by $2 billion. Witnesses focused on the April 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and proposed legislation to lift liability caps. 

In emotional testimony Christopher Jones displayed photos of his 28-year-old brother, Gordon, including one of an unfinished backyard fort his sibling had been building with his 2-year-old son. He referred to BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward’s remark that he “would like my life back” and said, “Well, Mr. Hayward, I want my brother’s life back.” close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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293943-1
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Senate Committee
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Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jun 8, 2010
Last Aired:
Jun 9, 2010

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  • Jun 08, 2010 | 10:07am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 08, 2010 | 2:55pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 09, 2010 | 2:30am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 09, 2010 | 7:35am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 09, 2010 | 8:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
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