Judge quashes Transocean's subpoena to BP employee

AP News
Posted: Feb 15, 2012 10:51 AM
Judge quashes Transocean's subpoena to BP employee

A federal magistrate has appointed a doctor to examine a BP PLC employee who claims medical problems prevent him from being questioned under oath about the deadly 2010 rig explosion that spawned the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

Rig owner Transocean Ltd. wants to question Donald Vidrine, who was one of BP's well site leaders on the Deepwater Horizon, in preparation for a trial designed to determine what caused the blowout of BP's well on April 20, 2010.

On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan quashed subpoenas Transocean issued to Vidrine and his physician.

But she appointed another doctor to examine Vidrine and determine if he is able to give a deposition.

Shushan said the exam doesn't have to take place before the trial starts on Feb. 27.