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Chick-fil-A sues ExxonMobil

September 12, 2008 reports that Chick-fil-A has filed suit against ExxonMobil Corp. over groundwater contamination at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Coral Springs, Fla. According to the complaint, the sale of a Chick-fil-A store for $975,000 was interrupted by discovery of ongoing groundwater contamination, including benzene and naphthalene, both of which are derived from petroleum. The complaint alleges the contamination came from the site of the nearby ExxonMobil service station on North University Drive. “ExxonMobil’s release of these solid and hazardous wastes, and its subsequent failure to address continuing releases of contamination at the site, is contributing to the ongoing contamination of soils and groundwater on adjoining properties,” notes the complaint, which was filed this week. ExxonMobil has not filed an answer with the court. The suit doesn’t specify a dollar amount of alleged damages, but asks the court for a jury trial to recover “all past, present and future costs and expenses” associated with assessing the contamination and its impact; a court order requiring ExxonMobil to “fully remediate” the site; and punitive damages.