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.
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.
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.
BP picked up new allies in its fight against a suspension from new government contracts, as oil industry and business groups filed a legal brief labeling the punishment an “overreach” by the Obama administration.
Jury selection began Monday for the Justice Department’s case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company’s response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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