PU files petition to perpetuate testimony in possible benzene suit

David Yates Mar. 31, 2011, 6:12am


Jefferson County resident Ruth Landry has filed a petition to perpetuate the testimony of Garfield Landry, who suffers from cancer.

Through Provost Umphrey attorney Keith Hyde, the petition was filed March 29 in Jefferson County District Court. The anticipated defendant in the pending suit is Chevron.

According to the petition, Thomas Brown was diagnosed with kidney cancer, which "is expected to progress" and prove fatal.

The suit does not say when he was diagnosed.

The suit says Chevron has been notified that Ruth Landry, alleging Garfield's condition was the result of benzene exposure, will institute a wrongful death lawsuit.

The petition requests the court authorize Garfield's video deposition.

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

Case No. A189-666

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