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Victory: All Homicide Charges / Felonies Dismissed in BP Deepwater Horizon Case

December 2015

The federal court in New Orleans has dismissed all homicide charges -- and all remaining felonies -- in the case against a BP engineer on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

As a "well site leader" on the Deepwater Horizon, our client originally faced 22 felony homicide charges, plus one misdemeanor charge of water pollution, after the 2010 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.  Eleven charges of "seaman's manslaughter" were dismissed in 2014 on legal motions, because that statute does not apply to the operator of a drilling ship.  Now the government has agreed to dismissal of eleven charges of "involuntary homicide," based on lack of evidence and other arguments raised by the defense. 

A trial on the single remaining misdemeanor is scheduled for February 2016.

For more information, contact David Gerger in Houston, who is handling this case at Quinn Emanuel, at:
713-221-7000 or