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 former BP Plc engineer accused of destroying evidence sought by the U.S. for a probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill went on trial in the first criminal case arising from the disaster to go before a jury.
BP Plc, which agreed to pay more than $12 billion in government and private party settlements over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, still faces claims seeking billions of dollars more for the catastrophe.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Mark Filip and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Joseph Warin led the negotiations with the U.S. government for BP Plc, which reached a $4.5 billion settlement to end criminal charges against the company and resolve securities claims relating to the worst U.S. oil spill, according to court documents.
A former BP Plc engineer charged in the first criminal case arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said U.S. prosecutors withheld evidence that might clear him and urged a judge to sanction them.