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Seattle University School of Law

Seattle University Law Review

1997

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In Re The Exxon Valdez: The Danger Of Deception In A Novel Mary Carter Agreement, Amy Edwards Wood Jan 1997

In Re The Exxon Valdez: The Danger Of Deception In A Novel Mary Carter Agreement, Amy Edwards Wood

Seattle University Law Review

This Note addresses the legality and ethics of the secret agreement between Exxon and the Seattle Seven by analogy to a similar type of collusive agreement called a "Mary Carter" agreement. Part I of this Note looks at the terms of the Exxon/Seattle Seven agreements. Part II examines Judge Holland's controversial decision with respect to the Exxon/Seattle Seven agreements. Part III describes the nature of a Mary Carter agreement and the factors used to determine whether such an agreement exists. Then Part IV argues that, like Mary Carter agreements, the Exxon/Seattle Seven agreements undercut the jury system, prolong litigation, contravene …