A Democratic state senator and environmental groups cannot intervene in the state's $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over contaminated gas stations and other sites, a New Jersey judge ruled Friday.
For more than a decade, New Jersey sought $8.9 billion in contamination lawsuit against ExxonMobil Corp. but settled for $225 million in March. Tuesday, a New Jersey judge approved the settlement, but an influential Democratic lawmaker who has spearheaded critics blasting the deal said the legal fight was not over.
New Jersey residents are one step closer to finding out whether a court will accept a $225 million settlement proposed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie and his administration in a lawsuit to hold ExxonMobil responsible for environmental damage in the state.