Chemical company blamed for man's cancer swaps counsel

David Yates Apr. 11, 2012, 7:45am


R.T. Vanderbilt, a company accused of exposing a laborer to carcinogenic materials and causing his bladder cancer, recently had its motion to swap counsel granted.

William Boudreaux filed suit against R.T. Vanderbilt and several other companies on Nov. 16 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging he was exposed to nitrates throughout his career.

Court records show that on March 22, R.T. Vanderbilt filed a motion to substitute counsel Edward Slaughter of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young with Beaumont attorney Maryalyce Cox of Mehaffy Webber.

That same day, Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, granted the motion; however, neither the order nor the motion state why the substitution was sought, court records show.

In his suit, Boudreaux claims he worked as a journeyman machinist and a machinist mechanic at the Texas U.S. and Ameripol-Synpol Corp. facility in Port Neches from 1966 until 1997.

During his employment, Boudreaux was, according to the complaint filed Nov. 16 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of his exposure to the chemicals, Boudreaux developed bladder cancer and experienced physical pain, suffering and mental anguish, the suit states. In addition, he sustained disfigurement and lost wages, the complaint says.

The complaint names Arkema, Ashland Oil, Atlantic Richfield Co., Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Cabot Corp., Chemtura Corp., Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Chevron, ConocoPhillips Co., The Dow Chemical Co., E.I. DuPont Denumours Co., Exxon Mobil Corp., General Electric Co., Goodrich, Huntsman Petrochemical Corp., Meadwestvaco Corp., Meadwestvaco Texas, Nalco Co., Rohm and Hass Co., Shell Chemical, Shell Oil Co., Sunoco, Texaco, Texaco Refining and Marketing, TRMI Holdings, Union Carbide, Uniroyal and Union Oil Company of California as defendants.

Tina H. Bradley of Hobson and Bradley in Beaumont represents the plaintiff.

Case No. E191-358

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