Third asbestos suit filed on behalf of deceased pipefitter

Kelly Holleran Oct. 13, 2009, 10:11am


The surviving children of a man who died have filed suit against ExxonMobil Corporation, Mobil Oil Corp. and Mobil Chemical Co., claiming the man was exposed to asbestos fibers during his work for the company.

Lynda Guillory, Esther Newman, Carolyn Richmond, Janice Newman and Willie Newman, children of Ameal Newman, claim he died on Jan. 11, 2008, after he developed lung cancer.

They allege the disease was caused from asbestos fibers that Ameal Newman inhaled while working as a pipefitter and welder at Mobil Oil in Port Arthur, according to the complaint filed Oct. 7 in Jefferson County District Court.

Plaintiff Lynda Guillory, represented by Provost Umphrey attorney Bryan Blevins, filed a separate lawsuit against 31 companies on behalf of Newman on Oct. 1. Newman filed a suit prior to his death for a different asbestos-related disease.

Ameal Newman's children blame the defendants for causing the disease, saying the companies knew about the dangers of asbestos but still allowed their employees to work around the products. In addition, the defendants failed to warn Ameal Newman about the dangers of asbestos exposure, the suit states.

The plaintiffs are seeking exemplary and punitive damages, plus interest, costs and other relief to which they may be entitled.

J. Keith Hyde and D'Juana Parks of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing the plaintiffs.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: A185-077.

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