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Saturday, June 12, 2010

BP Prior Corporate Criminal History & Bad Acts

United States v. BP Products of North America, Inc., 610 F.Supp.2d 655, 700 (S.D. TX. 2009) The lengthy opinion begins, “BP Products North America, Inc. entered a plea of guilty to an information charging a felony violation of the federal Clean Air Act. The charge arises from the March 23, 2005 explosion at the Texas City, Texas plant that killed 15 and injured scores. The plea agreement stipulates the sentence: a $50 million fine and three years of probation with the conditions that BP Products comply with a Settlement Agreement reached with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) and an Agreed Order imposed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”).” Id. at 660.

The Court ordered more than $1 billion in restitution.

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