Ann Skelton has filed a petition to perpetuate the testimony of Robert Skelton, a former DuPont De Nemours employee who suffers from asbestos-related lung cancer.

The petition was filed July 11 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the petition, Robert was exposed to asbestos during his employment with DuPont and now suffers from "asbestos-related lung diseases."

The petition does not give dates of employment.

"Petitioner's reasoning for desiring to perpetuate the testimony of Robert Sketon is that his chances of recovering ... are poor," the petition states. "As a result, petitioner has good faith belief that a gross negligence, wrongful death lawsuit will be filed."

Beaumont attorney Keith Hyde of the Provost & Umphrey Law Firm represents the petitioner.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E190-487

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