Couple blames nine companies for man's asbestos-related disease

Kelly Holleran May 9, 2011, 3:51pm


A Texas man and his wife are blaming nine defendant companies for causing the man to develop a malignant asbestos-related disease and industrial dust disease after working around products manufactured by the companies.

Walter and Sharon Clark filed a lawsuit April 27 in Jefferson County District Court, claiming he developed an asbestos-related disease and an industrial dust disease.

The defending companies named in the complaint are: Chevron, Exxon Mobil Corp., Gulf Oil Corporation., Huntsman Petrochemical Corporation, Mobil Chemical, Mobil Oil Refining Corp., Temple-Inland Forest Products Corporation, Texaco and Union Oil Company of California.

The Clarks allege the defendant companies caused Walter Clark's diseases because they allowed asbestos-related products to be used on their premises even though they knew the products were carcinogenic.

Because of his exposure to the asbestos fibers, Walter Clark sustained a multitude of severe and incapacitating injuries, including breathing difficulties and cancer and experienced pain, suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement and physical impairment before his death, the complaint says.

The Clarks claim they incurred medical bills because of Walter Clark's diseases.

The Clarks are seeking actual and exemplary damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief to which they may be entitled.

Bryan O. Blevins Jr. of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont is representing them.

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

Case No. D189-896

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