PU files petition to perpetuate testimony in likely benzene lawsuit

David Yates Jun. 21, 2012, 4:54am

Jefferson County resident Edna Armstrong has filed a petition to perpetuate the testimony of James Armstrong, who suffers from a benzene-related disease.

Through Provost Umphrey attorney Keith Hyde, the petition was filed June 15 in Jefferson County District Court. The anticipated defendant in the pending suit is E.I. DuPont De Nemours.

The petition does not state how Edna and James are related.

According to the petition, James was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, which "is expected to progress" and prove fatal.

The petition does not say when he was diagnosed.

The petition says James' condition was the result of benzene exposure and that the plaintiff will institute a wrongful death lawsuit.

The petition requests the court authorize his deposition.

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

Case No. D192-575

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