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May 11, 2010 12:22 PM by Letitia Walker

BP Ordered Not To Destroy Records

HOUSTON (AP) - A judge in Houston has extended an order barring

BP PLC, Transocean Ltd. and other parties in the Gulf oil spill

from destroying documents, e-mails and other possible evidence in

lawsuits.

Judge Reece Rondon, at a hearing Tuesday, extended the order

until May 25.

The order was initially granted April 30 on behalf of Stephen

Stone, a BP employee who was on the offshore rig at the time of the

April 20 explosion that left 11 workers dead.

Stone's attorney Brent Coon says he sought the order because in

a previous case against BP, in a 2005 refinery explosion in Texas

City, e-mails that served as evidence had been removed from the oil

giant's computers.

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