Carter L. Williams is counsel in the Houston office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

Guest commentary: BP engineer’s trial shows worst outcome of failure to preserve evidence

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The first criminal trial stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is about to conclude in the government’s obstruction case against former BP engineer Kurt Mix. With the jury set to decide Mix’ fate, his case is providing important lessons for all corporations.
BP CEO Bob Dudley speaks at an energy conference in Houston. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

BP asks court to suspend seafood payments for fraud probe

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BP Plc asked a U.S. judge to stop payments in the $2.3 billion seafood-industry portion of its settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, pending an investigation of a fraud claim against a plaintiffs’ attorney.
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Jury deliberates in ex-BP engineer’s trial

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federal jury is weighing the Justice Department’s case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting texts messages to obstruct a probe of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans in December 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Prosecutor: Former BP engineer destroyed Gulf spill evidence

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A former BP Plc engineer deliberately destroyed evidence sought by the U.S. for a probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico well explosion and oil spill, a federal prosecutor said at the end of a trial in New Orleans.
Kurt Mix (center) arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Ex-BP engineer isn’t expected to testify at trial

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A former BP drilling engineer isn’t expected to testify at his trial on charges he deleted text messages about the company’s response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Robert Kaluza, a BP well site leader from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, enters Federal Court before he is arraigned on manslaughter charges in New Orleans in November 2012. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Judge tosses some charges in BP supervisors’ case

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But the judge refused to dismiss 11 other counts of involuntary manslaughter.
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Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Judge denies mistrial request in spill case

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A New Orleans judge ordered jurors to disregard some testimony, but declined to declare a mistrial in the case of a former BP drilling engineer from Katy who is accused of obstruction of justice in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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Judge suspends BP spill payments to businesses

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A federal judge has temporarily suspended BP oil spill settlement payments to businesses while he reconsiders the company’s arguments against compensating those that cannot trace losses directly to the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.
Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans in December 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

FBI agent testifies at ex-BP engineer’s trial

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Special Agent Kelly Bryson was the first witness to testify
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The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BP, Anadarko ask court to reverse spill decision

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Both companies contend that a judge improperly decided the matter before trial.
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