Benzene suit filed against ExxonMobil, others

Kelly Holleran Jan. 31, 2012, 3:26am


A Texas resident has filed suit against ExxonMobil Corp. and five other companies, alleging the companies caused him to develop multiple myeloma by exposing him to benzene.

William R. Linscomb and his wife, Glenda Linscomb, claim William Linscomb was exposed to benzene throughout his career as a laborer, gauger and pipefitter for Texaco in Port Arthur and Huntsman in Port Neches.

Because of this exposure, William R. Linscomb developed the myeloma, according to the complaint filed Jan. 18 in Jefferson County District Court.

In the complaint, the plaintiff names Austin Industrial, Austin Industries, Huntsman Petrochemical, Texaco and United States Steel Corp. as defendants.

The plaintiff blames the defendants for causing his deteriorating health condition, alleging the premises companies negligently allowed him to work in what they knew to be an unsafe workplace.

The employer defendants negligently enabled William R. Linscomb to work around products containing benzene that they knew to be hazardous to his health while the product liability defendants utilized benzene in their products, the suit states.

The original complaint states that because of his exposure to the products, William R. Linscomb experienced great physical pain, suffering and mental anguish and incurred medical costs.

In addition, he suffered physical impairments, was prevented in participating in his normal activities, sustained a permanent disability, will require medical monitoring to aid in the early detection of any other cancers and experienced a damage to his blood-forming organs.

The Linscombs are seeking damages within the minimum jurisdictional requirements of the court, plus costs, interest at the legal rate and other relief the court deems just.

They will be represented by Tina H. Bradley of Hobson and Bradley in Beaumont.

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

Case No. D191-668

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