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Halliburton Destroyed Evidence, BP Claims

NEW ORLEANS (CN) - BP has asked a federal judge to impose sanctions against Halliburton, saying the company has "intentionally destroyed evidence and has violated the court's orders regarding the production of documents."

Specifically, Halliburton's 3D modeling cement test results are inexplicably "gone," according to the oil giant.

BP claims Halliburton's actions "warrant corrective civil sanctions."

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier should issue "an adverse finding of fact and award of attorneys' fees for Halliburton employees' destruction of uniquely relevant cement testing; and (2) and order compelling Halliburton to deliver to a third-party forensic electronic firm reasonably acceptable to BP the computer that Halliburton used to produce proprietary 3D modeling results that it now inexplicably claims are 'gone,'" according to a motion filed Monday.

Don Haycraft with Liskow & Lewis authored the three-page pleading, filed along with several exhibits.

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