Jury Renders Decision in Oil Spill Case

By Becky W. Evans (reporter.evans@gmail.com)

PLYMOUTH, Mass.— After nearly 10 hours of deliberations, jurors agreed Friday morning that Bouchard must pay eight Mattapoisett property owners varying amounts in damages for oil that polluted their beaches for months or years following the April 27, 2003 Buzzards Bay oil spill.

The 13-member jury rendered eight verdicts, one for each of the plaintiffs in the trial, which is part of a broader class-action lawsuit involving 1,100 Mattapoisett property owners.

The awarded damages, which range from $1,575 to $22,650 per property, will be doubled in accordance with state law, said Judge Raymond J. Brassard. In addition, the plaintiffs will receive 12 percent annual interest going back to the filing date of the lawsuit in September 2004.

Read more about the verdicts tomorrow on ThreeBeats and in The Standard-Times.

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