Estimated time for full ecological recovery by affected species from the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill: 15 – 30 years.

Estimated time for full financial recovery by Exxon Mobil Corp. from yesterday’s Supreme Court decision: 4.5 days.

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As written in yesterday’s opinion:

The real problem, it seems, is the stark unpredictability of punitive awards.

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