The widow of Homer Fitts has filed suit against Texaco and Chevron USA, alleging the companies negligently exposed him to asbestos throughout his career.
On behalf of her late husband, Eunice Fitts filed the suit June 23 in Jefferson County District Court.
According to the lawsuit, Homer was employed by Texaco at its Port Arthur refinery, working as a pipefitter and painter – occupations which exposed him to asbestos dust and fibers.
"As a result of such exposure, Homer Fitts developed an asbestos-related disease, asbestosis and lung cancer, for which he died a painful and terrible death on March 10, 2010," the suit states.
The suit alleges the defendants knew of the hazards of asbestos and still allowed their employees to work with asbestos products in the workplace.
The plaintiff is suing for exemplary damages.
Beaumont attorney Keith Hyde of Provost Umphrey represents her.
Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, has been assigned to the case.
Case No. B190-403