Widow files asbestos suit against Chevron, Texaco

David Yates Nov. 15, 2011, 3:00am

The family of the late Samuel Ozen Sr. has filed an asbestos suit against Chevron USA and Texaco.

His widow, Mildred, and her children filed the suit Nov.10 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Ozen was previously employed by Texaco in Port Arthur, where was exposed to asbestos dust and fibers. The suit does not give dates of employment.

"As a result of such exposure, Ozen developed ... pulmonary asbestosis, for which he died a painful and terrible death on March 1, 2010," the suit states.

The suit also alleges the defendants knew for decades that asbestos exposure caused cancer but still allowed employees to work with asbestos products.

The plaintiffs are suing for exemplary damages.

Attorney Keith Hyde of the Beaumont law firm Provost Umphrey represents them.

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

Case No. A191-324

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