Montgomery, AL – A Montgomery judge has cut the record 11-point-9 (b) billion dollar verdict against Exxon Mobil to 3-point-6 billion dollars.
The state government won the verdict in a natural gas royalty dispute with the oil company. Circuit Judge Tracy McCooey says Exxon Mobil intentionally and deliberately committed fraud against the state, but the verdict must be cut to bring it in line with U-S Supreme Court guidelines.
UNDATED – The latest surveys show we're paying more than ever to put gas in our cars. But that doesn't mean we have no choice but to pour larger and larger amounts of our income into our gas tanks.
Triple-A's Geoff Sundstrom says motorists can take some steps and get a bigger bang for every buck spent at the gas station. He says try to consolidate your trips, make sure you're not carrying excess weight in your vehicle and keep it well-maintained.
Montgomery, AL – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and United Healthcare of Alabama have been approved to provide new prescription drug benefits for state residents on Medicare. State officials say Medicare recipients who do not have Medicaid outpatient drug coverage will be able to enroll for the prescription drug program in early May. The program will begin offering ten to 25 percent discounts on prescription drugs in June. The federal government is paying for the program, and national drug card sponsors also will offer discounts.
Montgomery, AL – Some restaurant owners in Montgomery are not happy about a new law regarding smoking. The new law says that restaurants must clearly display whether they allow smoking in their establishments. Restaurants that do allow patrons to smoke cannot allow anyone under the age of 18 on the premises. Some say that provision goes to far, and was not something they had to consider when first opening their business. Montgomery restaurants have until August to decide if they will allow customers to smoke.