Widow sues ExxonMobil for husband's asbestos-related death

David Yates Aug. 31, 2011, 4:55am

Beaumont resident Florence Woodard, the widow of Andrew Woodard, has filed suit against her husband's former employer, Exxon Mobil, for exposing him to asbestos.

The suit was filed Aug. 25 in Jefferson County District Court and also names Mobil Oil as a defendant.

Court records show that Woodard was exposed to asbestos dust and fibers while in the employment of ExxonMobil.

The suit does not give dates of employment or state Woodard's occupation with the company.

As a result of his alleged asbestos exposure, Woodard developed mesothelioma and died on Aug. 10, 2009, court papers say.

The suit accuses ExxonMobil of knowing that asbestos exposure can cause cancer but still allowed employees, such as Woodard, to work with asbestos products.

The plaintiff claims ExxonMobil acted with malice and is seeking to recover exemplary damages from the company

Beaumont attorney Keith Hyde of the Provost Umphrey Law Firm represents her.

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

Case No. E190-729

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