Provost Umphrey files petition to perpetuate testimony in possible benzene suit

David Yates Nov. 15, 2010, 8:59am

Jasper resident Rhoda Brown has filed a petition to perpetuate the testimony of Thomas Brown, a former Texaco employee who suffers from cancer.

Through Provost Umphrey attorney Keith Hyde, the petition was filed Nov. 11 in Jefferson County District Court. The anticipated defendant in the pending suit is Texaco.

According to the petition, Thomas Brown was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, which "is expected to progress" and limit his chances of recovery.

The suit does not say when he was diagnosed.

"The substance of the testimony which petitioner expects to elicit involves Mr. Brown's employment and exposure history at Texaco," the suit state, adding that the petitioner alleges his condition was a result of benzene exposure.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D188-775

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