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US judge orders BP CEO deposition in refinery explosion case

US judge orders BP CEO deposition in refinery explosion case

A judge has ordered a deposition from BP PLC Chief Executive John Browne in litigation over a deadly refinery accident in Texas, a company spokesman said Friday.
"We respect the judge's decision," said BP spokesman Neil Chapman, adding that the London-based company was "weighing all its options," including a possible appeal.
Tony Buzbee, a lawyer representing 51 plaintiffs in a federal case against the company, did not immediately respond to a telephone call seeking comment.
The March 2005 Texas City refinery explosion killed 15 workers and injured hundreds of others. The federal case is at a later stage of hearing than a corresponding state action against BP, which is set for trial on Nov. 7 in Galveston.
Plaintiffs' attorneys also have been pressing to depose Browne in the state action. BP has attempted to rebuff the depositions of its top executive, arguing that Browne does not possess unique knowledge of relevance. The Galveston court is expected to weigh the matter in a hearing on Monday.
While BP has broadly accepted responsibility for the March 2005 disaster, the company has fought plaintiffs' assertions that the accident resulted from "gross negligence."


Updated : 2021-02-28 22:00 GMT+08:00