Possible benzene lawsuit filed

David Yates Jun. 21, 2012, 4:55am

Local resident Paula Herrington has filed a petition to perpetuate the testimony of James Herrington, who suffers from a benzene-related disease.

The petition was filed June 14 in Jefferson County District Court. The anticipated defendant in the pending suit is ExxonMobil.

The petition alleges James was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, which "is expected to progress" and prove fatal.

The substance of testimony sought is his employment and benzene exposure history at Mobil.

The petition requests the court authorize his deposition.

Provost Umphrey attorney Keith Hyde of Beaumont represents the plaintiff.

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

Case No. A192-569

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