DuPont, Temple Inland named in asbestos lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Sep. 19, 2011, 5:29pm

The wife and three children of a recently deceased man claim the man developed pulmonary asbestosis after spending a career working around products that contained asbestos.

Agnes Dixon, Jane Lampman, Molly Abshier and John Dixon Jr. filed a lawsuit Aug. 31 in Jefferson County District Court against E.I. Dupont De Nemours and Company, Tin Inc. formerly known as Temple Inland Forest Products, Tin Inc. formerly known as Temple-Eastex, Inland Paper Board and Packaging, Temple Inland, Inland Container, Inland Orange and Owens Illinois.

The plaintiffs allege their husband and father, John Dixon Sr., was exposed to asbestos dust and fibers throughout his career at DuPont and Owens Illinois. As a result, John Dixon Sr. developed pulmonary asbestosis and died on Sept. 20, 2010, according to the complaint.

The plaintiffs blame the defendants for causing John Dixon Sr.'s death, saying they negligently failed to warn workers of the dangers of asbestos exposure, the suit states.

In their complaint, the plaintiffs seek exemplary and punitive damages, plus damages and court costs.

J. Keith Hyde, D'Juana Parks and Darren Brown of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing them.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B190-781

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