May 2012 trial slated for benzene case

David Yates Aug. 1, 2011, 9:57am


What started as a petition to perpetuate testimony is now a full-blown lawsuit slated to go to trial in May 2012.

As previously reported, Jefferson County resident Ruth Landry on March 29 filed a petition to perpetuate the testimony of Garfield Landry, a former Chevron employee who suffers from cancer.

Court records show that on July 18 a discovery control plan order was entered, cementing the case as an official lawsuit.

The order calls for the case to be mediated before April 2, 2012. If the parties fail to reach a settlement, the case has been slated for a May 2012 trial setting.

Plaintiff Garfield Landry was diagnosed with kidney cancer, which "is expected to progress" and prove fatal, the suit states.

The plaintiffs are suing for exemplary damages, medical expenses and mental anguish.

Beaumont attorney Keith Hyde of Provost Umphrey represents them.

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

Case No. A189-666

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