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BP Amoco Chemical Co. v. Flint Hills Resources LLC

December 19, 2008

BP AMOCO CHEMICAL COMPANY, PLAINTIFF/COUNTER-DEFENDANT,
v.
FLINT HILLS RESOURCES, LLC, DEFENDANT/COUNTER-PLAINTIFF,
FLINT HILLS RESOURCES, LLC., THIRD-PARTY PLAINTIFF,
v.
BP CORPORATION NORTH AMERICA INC., THIRD-PARTY DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge James B. Moran

Motion Ex. 25

BP AMOCO CHEMICAL COMPANY AND BP CORPORATION NORTH AMERICA INC.'S MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF THEIR MOTION FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST FLINT HILLS RESOURCES, LLC FOR THE SPOLIATION AND DESTRUCTION OF MATERIAL EVIDENCE

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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES .......................................................................................................... ii

INTRODUCTION ...........................................................................................................................1

LEGAL ANALYSIS AND ARGUMENT ......................................................................................2

I. THIS COURT POSSESSES THE AUTHORITY TO SANCTION A PARTY FOR SPOLIATING EVIDENCE. .......................................................................................2

II. FHR HAD A DUTY TO PRESERVE THE SPOLIATED EVIDENCE. ...........................3

III. FHR SPOLIATED EQUIPMENT AT ISSUE IN THIS CASE. .........................................4

IV. FHR SPOLIATED INTERNAL EMAILS RELEVANT TO THIS CASE.........................6

V. BP AMOCO AND BPCNA HAVE BEEN PREJUDICED. ...............................................7

VI. THE ONLY SANCTION TO REMEDY FHR'S DESTRUCTION OF MASSES OF EVIDENCE IS DISMISSAL OF FHR'S COUNTERCLAIMS, STRIKING FHR'S ANSWER, AND THE AWARD OF ATTORNEYS' FEES AND COSTS. ........11

CONCLUSION..............................................................................................................................15

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