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.
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.
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.
BP Plc appeared in federal court in New Orleans to answer U.S. charges brought over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, entering a not guilty plea that won’t affect its $4 billion criminal settlement with the U.S.