October 20, 2008 6:44 AM

Squabble threatens Exxon Valdez payouts

It took better than 19 years for Alaska commercial fishermen and other plaintiffs to win sizeable punitive damages from Exxon Mobil Corp. for the disastrous 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound. Now that some money is in hand — about $383 million — it still could be months away from distribution.

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