The Clarion-Ledger, 6/23/7

John Arthur Eaves Jr. filed a lawsuit last fall on behalf of 39 south Mississippi residents against oil companies and distributors, challenging the increase in gasoline prices after Hurricane Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005.

Among the defendants in the lawsuit was Exxon Mobil Corp., and a spokeswoman for the company last fall said Exxon Mobil had acted responsibly after Katrina.

On Friday, Eaves said: “As governor, we will pass laws that will say no matter who you are, no matter if you are the CEO of Exxon, if you price gouge and take advantage of Mississippians, we’re going to give you some jail time.”