Nearly 11 Months After Oil Spill, Mayflower Lawsuit Heads to Court

Nearly 11 Months After Oil Spill, Mayflower Lawsuit Heads to Court

Lawyers for ExxonMobil and a landowner in Mayflower are expected in a courtroom Monday morning.
MAYFLOWER, AR -- Lawyers for Exxon Mobil and a landowner in Mayflower are expected in a courtroom Monday morning.
   
It's the first hearing in Faulkner County for a lawsuit stemming from last year's oil spill.

It's been nearly 11 months since 3,500 barrels of oil poured out of that ruptured pipeline in Mayflower.
   
Heading to court Monday, is one of the many lawsuits filed in the wake of the spill.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the owners of a Mayflower RV dealer.  It claims the business lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits as clean up crews clogged up roads near the spill.
   
Little Rock attorney Kent Walker is representing the RV dealer.  He says potential customers went elsewhere in the months after the spill.

During the hearing Monday morning at 9:00am attorneys are expected to wrangle over documents used to determine how severely the business was damaged.
   
The judge may also set a trial date, though a settlement before trial is likely in these type of cases.
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