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Judge Michael Gomez, Zavitsanos said the jury was clearly put off by the insurer’s arguments that the claim was for parts of the drilling platform — whose coverage had already been exhausted — rather than for parts of the well itself. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Nearly 12 years after Hurricane Rita ripped through the Gulf of Mexico, a Texas jury last week ordered an insurer to pay over $41 million to an oil company that lost an offshore oil-drilling platform and well, including $28 million in punitive damages and more than $1.6 million in attorney fees.

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