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EXXON CORP. sued makers of an automatic steering device it blames for the Mar. 24, 1989, grounding of the Exxon Valdez tanker off Alaska. Exxon filed suit in an Alaska federal court against Sperry Marine Inc., Charlottesville, Va., and Unisys Corp., Blue Bell, Pa., alleging the device locked up. Sperry denied the allegation, and press reports cited a National Transportation Safety Board finding that the ship's automatic pilot, part of the steering mechanism, was working prior to the

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