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Motions stall finality of NH's $236M MTBE verdict

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's longest and most complex trial to date on groundwater pollution by the gasoline additive MTBE is far from over.

Although a jury returned a verdict in April awarding the state all $236 million it was seeking against Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp., the case is now awash in post-verdict motions by both sides — including one by the oil giant to set aside the verdict and order a new trial.

Since April 1, two fat new file folders have been added to the decade-old case's voluminous paper trail and more briefs are due by June 10.

The damages award in the product liability case is the largest in state history. Exxon lawyers say the jury's swift verdicts — 90 minutes on liability, 20 minutes on damages — amount to misconduct.

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