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BP's Browne Ordered to Testify Over Texas Explosion

October 12, 2006, 5:05 pm

BP's Browne Ordered to Testify Over Texas Explosion.

By Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Margaret Cronin Fisk

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc Chief Executive Officer John Browne was ordered by a Texas judge to give sworn testimony for lawsuits stemming from an explosion that killed 15 workers and injured hundreds more at the company's biggest refinery.

The judge also sanctioned BP for failing to turn over a document, allowing victims to seek punitive damages beyond the normal state limit. A lawyer for injured workers also told the judge at a hearing in Galveston, Texas, that prosecutors subpoenaed records the company turned over to his clients for the suits.

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