The family of the late Romeo Vera has filed suit against Chevron U.S.A., blaming the company for Vera's asbestos exposure and death.

Representing his estate, Gaynell Vera, along with her three children, filed the suit April 11 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the petition, Vera was employed by Gulf Oil Corp., now owned by Chevron, at its Port Arthur refinery, where he was exposed to asbestos dust and fibers.

"As a result of such exposure, Romeo Vera developed an asbestos-related lung disease, for which he died a painful and terrible death on Oct. 26, 2009," the suit states.

"The defendant knew for decades that asbestos products could cause ... cancer and sill allowed employees to work with and around asbestos products in the workplace."

The plaintiffs are suing for exemplary and punitive damages.

Provost Umphrey attorney Keith Hyde of Beaumont represents them.

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

Case No. A189-754

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