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BP Amoco Chemical Co. v. Flint Hills Resources

March 10, 2009

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 Amy J. St. Eve

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

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

UNDISPUTED FACTS...................................................................................................................2

REPLY ARGUMENT.....................................................................................................................5

I. FHR'S RESPONSE CONFIRMS THAT FHR HAD A DUTY TO PRESERVE THE SPOLIATED EVIDENCE..........................................................................................5

II. FHR'S RESPONSE CONFIRMS THAT FHR SPOLIATED EQUIPMENT AT ISSUE IN THIS CASE........................................................................................................7

III. FHR'S RESPONSE CONFIRMS THAT FHR SPOLIATED INTERNAL EMAILS RELEVANT TO THIS CASE.............................................................................9

IV. FHR'S EXCUSES AND EXPLANATIONS ARE FACTUALLY INCORRECT AND LEGALLY INSUFFICIENT TO CURE THE PREJUDICE TO BP AMOCO.............................................................................................................................12

V. FHR'S BAD FAITH AND WILLFUL CONDUCT WARRANTS DISMISSAL OF ITS COUNTERCLAIMS, STRIKING OF FHR'S ANSWER, AND AN AWARD OF ATTORNEYS' FEES AND COSTS...........................................................16

CONCLUSION..............................................................................................................................20

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