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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:56 PM

Hayward lied to Congress about spill, lawyers claim

At best, former BP chief Tony Hayward has “a unique view of the truth” about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, say lawyers for victims who want to collect damages from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to The (UK) Telegraph, lawyers for the plaintiffs argue that Hayward’s congressional testimony from June 2010 avoided the truth about the scope of BP’s internal investigation into the disaster. BP’s lawyers counter that the former CEO didn’t lie, but did get tripped up by confusing questions:

In a ‘motion in limine’, BP’s lawyers argue that Mr Hayward faced “questions posed in bad faith or aimed at unreasonably annoying, embarrassing, or oppressing the deponent and queries seeking opinions and conclusions about BP’s legal responsibilities”.

Lawyers for the claimaints responded with the allegations that Mr Hayward had been untruthful, claiming it was therefore “proper to question his veracity”.


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