Benzene suit faults 11 companies for man's cancer

David Yates Sep. 7, 2011, 8:39am


Richard Sonnier and his wife, Rose, are suing DuPont De Nemours and 10 other companies, alleging the defendants exposed him to benzene and caused his cancer.

The suit was filed Aug. 31 in Jefferson County District Court. The defendants named in the suit include Able Fastener, Brance Krachy, CRC Industries, Dow Chemical, Hagemeyer North America, Ineos Chlor Americas, Vallen Safety Supply, Wilson Industries, DuPont Performance and DuPont Dow Elastomers.

According to the lawsuit, Sonnier worked at the DuPont plant from 1974 to 2007 and was routinely exposed to benzene.

The suit alleges that as a result, he developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The defendants are accused of conspiring to manufacture, distribute and use benzene products without warning workers of the health risks.

The plaintiffs are seeking punitive damages.

Beaumont attorney Darren Brown of the Provost Umphrey law firm represents them.

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

Case No. D190-746

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