Benzene suit alleges 9 companies responsible for man's multiple myeloma

David Yates Feb. 23, 2011, 6:43am

Port Arthur resident Wallace Moore has filed suit against Chevron USA and eight other companies, alleging the defendants negligently exposed him to cancerous benzene.

Moore, along with his wife Lois, filed the suit Feb. 17 in Jefferson County District Court. The other defendants named in the suit include, ExxonMobil, Gulf Oil, Jones-Blair Co., Radiator Specialty, Shell Chemical, Shell Oil, Texaco and U.S. Steel Supply.

Court records show that from 1966 to 1986 Moore worked as a general laborer and truck driver out at U.S. Steel's Port Arthur plant.

The suit alleges that during his employment, Moore was exposed to benzene containing products that were manufactured and supplied by the defendants.

"This exposure resulted in Wallace Moore developing the disease multiple myeloma," the suit states, adding that the defendants were negligent for placing benzene products into the stream of commerce without warning workers of the hazard.

Moore is suing for punitive damages, plus his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

His wife is seeking loss of consortium damages.

They are represented by Beaumont attorney Tina Bradley.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E189-390

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