(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and
received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the
Released by: Michael A. Delaney, Attorney General
Subject: MtBE Jury Verdict
Date: April 9, 2013
Release Time: Immediate 
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Commissioner Thomas S.
Burack announced today the jury verdict of $236 million in the
MtBE litigation brought by the State of New Hampshire against
ExxonMobil. The trial, lasting approximately three months, was
the longest civil trial ever presented to a Merrimack County
jury. The jury took less than two hours to reach its verdict. 
“By its verdict, the jury validated what we knew - Exxon was
aware of the risks of manufacturing MtBE gasoline, but went
ahead and added MtBE to New Hampshire’s gasoline,” said Attorney
General Delaney. The jurors flatly rejected ExxonMobil’s attempt
to blame the State for the groundwater contamination. 
In the trial which began on January 14, 2013, the State of New
Hampshire was seeking clean up costs relating to the
contamination of New Hampshire’s drinking water with MtBE - a
gasoline additive classified by the Environmental Protection
Agency as a “possible human carcinogen” that was banned in New
Hampshire in 2007. The State sued to hold ExxonMobil responsible
for its share of the clean-up costs, based on the fact that the
company supplied over 2.7 billion gallons of MTBE gasoline into
New Hampshire, which accounts for nearly thirty percent of the
state’s gasoline market. 
Prior to the jury’s verdict, 15 other petroleum manufacturers
sued by the State settled claims against them for $136 million. 
Attorney General Delaney said, “Twelve citizens of the State of
New Hampshire heard the evidence against ExxonMobil, and quickly
returned their verdict.” Attorney General Delaney reported that
his office will now work with the Department of Environmental
Services to develop a plan to investigate contaminated sites and
clean up New Hampshire’s groundwater. 
Attorney General Delaney expressed his appreciation for the
jurors’ dedication and personal sacrifice. Attorney General
Delaney also expressed his thanks for the countless hours of
work put into the case by the staff at the Department of
Environmental Services, lead trial counsel Jessica Grant and her
law firm, Sher Leff, attorneys from the Attorney General’s
Office led by Assistant Attorney General Mary Maloney, and the
Matthew Pawa Law Firm. Finally, he extended his gratitude to
Judge Peter Fauver for coming out of retirement to preside over
the case. 
Contact: Richard W. Head, Associate Attorney General
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