Widow sues Chevron for exposing husband to benzene

David Yates Oct. 26, 2010, 6:14am


Representing the estate of Stanley Marks Jr., Joyce Marks has filed suit against Chevron USA, alleging the oil giant negligently exposed her late husband to benzene which caused him to develop leukemia.

The suit was filed Oct. 20 in Jefferson County District Court.

Throughout his career, Marks was employed the Port Arthur Chevron refinery, where "he used and was exposed to toxic benzene," according to the complaint.

"As a result of such exposure, Marks developed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia from which he died a painful and terrible death on July 11," the suit states. "Defendant knew for decades that ... benzene could cause blood conditions and cancer and still allowed employees to work with such products."

The suit accuses Chevron of acting with gross negligence and malice.

The Marks family is suing for exemplary damages.

The plaintiffs are represented by Provost Umphrey attorney Keith Hyde.

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

Case No. A188-640

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