Asbestos case transferred to Houston MDL

David Yates Dec. 1, 2011, 10:25am


A notice of transfer was recently filed in an asbestos suit against E.I. DuPont De Nemours, removing the case to a Houston Multidistrict Litigation Panel.

As previously reported, Agnes Dixon and her children filed a suit claiming John Dixon Sr. developed pulmonary asbestosis and died after spending a career working around products that contained asbestos.

The suit was filed Aug. 31 in Jefferson County District Court and names the following defendants: Dupont, 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.

On Nov. 17 DuPont filed a notice of transfer under rule 13 of tag-along case, sending the case to Harris County Judge Mark Davidson, 11th District Court.

In their suit, the plaintiffs allege Dixon 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 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 represent them.

Mehaffy Weber attorney Sandra Clark represents DuPont.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, was originally assigned to the case.

Case No. B190-781

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