Oil chief skips subpoena because deposition hurt his heart
BATON ROUGE- The president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is taking an argument over his health, a pending lawsuit, and threats of his arrest public after a judge issued a bench warrant for Don Briggs when he failed to appear in a Baton Rouge courtroom Monday.
Briggs was subpoenaed to court to discuss a suit filed by LOGA against the Louisiana Attorney General's Office over its involvement in another lawsuit dealing with the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. The flood protection group is suing oil and gas companies for damaging wetlands. Briggs contends the suit is hurting the oil and gas industry.
In a news release issued late Monday, a spokesperson said Briggs became ill after a deposition on the case last week. Briggs' pre existing heart issues was aggravated due to the deposition, the spokesperson said.
"His physician advised that he not continue with further examination by the court so as to not further damage his health. Mr. Briggs' doctor provided correspondence and notice to the court, indicating that his health may be jeopardized if he appeared," according to the release sent via email.
Briggs faces jail time if he does not appear in court before 9:30 Tuesday morning.
While the news release does not say if Briggs will appear, it said "LOGA's top priority now, is the health and well being of our president, and for that matter, any LOGA employees."
Briggs medical history is going to be released by LOGA Tuesday.
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