Man blames 23 companies for asbestos-related disease

Kelly Holleran May 2, 2011, 9:58am


A Jefferson County man is blaming 23 defendant companies for causing a malignant asbestos-related disease he developed after working around products manufactured by the companies.

Leroy Brown filed a lawsuit April 19 in Jefferson County District Court claiming Leroy Brown developed malignant mesothelioma after working around a variety of asbestos containing products. His wife, Marjorie Brown, is also a plaintiff.

The defending companies named in the complaint are: Able Supply Co., AMF, B&B Engineering and Supply Co., Chevron, Cleaver Brooks, Crown Cork and Seal Co., Deltak, Flint Hills Resources, Flint Hills Resources LLC, Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., Guardline Inc., Huntsman LLC, Huntsman Petrochemical Corp., Koch Industries, Met Life Group, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co., Motiva Co., Motiva Enterprises, Riley Power, Texaco, Triplex, Weil-McClain Boilers and Zurn Industries.

Brown was exposed to the asbestos products during his career as a laborer, helper, iron worker, boilermaker and supervisor at Texaco from October 1969 until his retirement in 2007, according to the complaint.

The plaintiffs allege the defendant companies caused Brown's disease because they failed to adequately test their products and failed to warn of the dangers of asbestos exposure.

Because of his exposure to the asbestos fibers, Brown and his wife suffered a loss of society, the complaint says.

The Browns are seeking unspecified damages, plus interest at the legal rate and other relief to which they may be entitled.

Tina H. Bradley of Hobson and Bradley in Beaumont will be representing them.

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

Case No. E189-807

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