an oil giant ordered to pay more than 441…

an oil giant ordered to pay more than 441…
an oil giant ordered to pay more than 441…

The American oil and gas giant ExxonMobil was ordered by a jury in Pennsylvania (east) to pay $725 million or 441,191,210,000 CFA francs in compensation to a former employee suffering from a rare form of leukemia, according to a document of justice made public on Friday May 10, 2024.

“Jury Verdict in Favor of Plaintiffs and Against Defendant, ExxonMobil, in the Amount of $725.5 Million”succinctly indicates the Pennsylvania courts website, specifying that $725 million had been awarded to Paul Gill and $500,000 to his wife Diane.

The oil group indicated, in a statement sent to AFP, that it intended “ exhaust all available appeals.”

“This is an irrational verdict that we will ask the court to overturn before it is finalized”reacted ExxonMobil, saying ” confident “ to succeed on appeal.

Paul Gill, 67, suffers from acute myeloid leukemia (AML) diagnosed in 2019. It is a rare cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

He claims it was caused by daily cleaning of vehicle parts with his bare hands and with oil and solvents when he worked as a mechanic at a Mobil gas station in Philadelphia between 1975 and 1980, according to a statement from the firm Waters, Kraus, Paul and Siegel, one of the two firms that represented the Gill couple.

They launched lawsuits in 2020 against ExxonMobil, born from the merger of Exxon and Mobil in November 1999, accused of not having warned the mechanic “known risks” of cancer linked to the inhalation and handling of benzene contained in petroleum products, continued the cabinet.

“ExxonMobil knew for decades that benzene caused cancer, yet they failed to warn the public or take the most basic precautions to protect it,” noted Patrick Wigle, one of the lawyers of this firm, quoted in the press release.

At the end of a day of deliberations following a week-long trial, ten jurors out of twelve ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on Thursday.

With AFP

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