Supreme Court will review company's $6M fine for mercury storage

12/6/2011 | Bloomberg Businessweek

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Southern Union's appeal of a $6 million criminal fine levied in light of a jury's finding that the pipeline operator had stored liquid mercury without a permit. Company employees were accused of keeping the mercury in a paint can, a milk jug and other containers, and placing mercury-sealed gas regulators in kiddie pools. Southern Union argues that $50,000 is the largest fine it should have to pay.

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