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Judge in long-running Exxon Valdez case seeks progress on resolving matter

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal judge is expressing frustration with the time it's taking to resolve litigation stemming from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland says the certificate of service for a filing last month included an attorney who died in 2010. Another attorney recently died.

He says the case appears to have progressed little in the last year. He said in an order filed Monday that work on a restoration plan is proceeding, and has reached the fourth of sixth stages within about eight years' time.

But he says he doesn't understand why a decision hasn't been made on whether the state and federal governments would pursue additional damages.

He ordered a status report by March 16, about three months earlier than the governments proposed.

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