David Yates Feb. 11, 2013, 7:31pm

The widow of Ernest Lewis has filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil and Mobil Oil Refining, claiming the companies negligently exposed him to the hazardous chemical benzene.

Artie Lewis filed the suit Feb. 4 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Ernest Lewis was employed by ExxonMobil, where was exposed to benzene. No dates of employment are given.

“As a result of such exposure, Ernest Lewis developed multiple myeloma from which he died a painful and terrible death on Oct. 10, 2012,” the suit states.

The suit also alleges the defendants knew for decades that benzene exposure caused blood disorders but still allowed employees to work with benzene products.

The plaintiff is suing for exemplary damages.

Attorney Keith Hyde of the Beaumont law firm Provost Umphrey represent the plaintiff.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B193-888

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