The widow and children of Charles Arceneaux have filed an asbestos lawsuit against Texaco and Chevron USA, alleging the two oil giants are responsible for their benefactor's death.

Katherine Arceneaux and three of her children filed the suit Sept. 30 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court papers show Arceneaux was employed by Texaco at its Port Arthur refinery, working as a brick layer, carpenter and general laborer. Dates of his employment are not given.

Throughout his career, Arceneaux was allegedly exposed to asbestos dust, causing him to develop asbestosis, "for which he died a painful and terrible death on Aug. 8, 2009," court papers say.

The suit alleges the defendants knew for decades asbestos products could cause asbestosis but still allowed their employees to work with and around asbestos products in the workplace.

The Arceneaux family is suing for exemplary damages.

They are represented by Provost Umphrey attorney Keith Hyde.

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

Case No. A188-479

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