Chevron, Union Oil dismissed from asbestos suit

David Yates Jun. 12, 2013, 5:19pm

The children of the late Barney Tarver have settled their suit against Chevron USA and Union Oil of California, which alleged the companies negligently exposed their father to asbestos throughout his career. 

As previously reported, William Tarver, representing Barney’s estate, filed the suit March 6, 2012, in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on May 17 the parties filed a joint motion to dismiss.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, granted the motion on June 12.

The lawsuit alleged that Barney Tarver was employed at the Gulf Oil Refinery in Jefferson County, where he was exposed to asbestos dust and fibers. No dates of employment are given.

As a result of his asbestos exposure, Tarver developed mesothelioma and died on Jan. 27, 2012, the suit alleges.

The suit accused the defendants of negligently failing to warn workers of the dangers of asbestos.

The plaintiffs were suing for punitive and exemplary damages.

Beaumont attorney D’Juanna Parks of Provost Umphrey represents them.

Case No. A192-065

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