Valero non-suited from chemical exposure suit

David Yates Jan. 25, 2013, 1:11pm

A personal injury plaintiff has non-suited her claims against Valero Energy.

Port Arthur resident Julia Gloston filed suit against Valero Energy and Total Safety U.S. on Oct. 31, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court. 

Gloston alleges she was exposed to toxic levels of hydrogen sulfide.

On April 17, a discovery control plan order was entered in the suit, calling for the case to be mediated before Nov. 12 or face a December trial.

However, court records show Gloston filed a notice of non-suit of all claims asserted against Valero, asking that the company be dismissed without prejudice.

The suit alleges that on Aug. 13, 2010, Gloston was working for KT Maintenance when she was exposed to hydrogen sulfide.

However, the suit does not state how Gloston was exposed, what she was doing at the time, or how specifically the defendants are negligent for her alleged injury.

Gloston was seeking damages for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Beaumont attorney Paul Ferguson Jr. of Provost Umphrey represents her.

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

Case No. A191-282

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