The children of the late Thaddeus Alpough have filed suit against their father's former employer, Chevron USA, alleging the company exposed him to asbestos.

Mary Alpough and her siblings filed the suit Aug. 16 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Alpough worked at Chevron's Port Arthur refinery as a boilermaker helper and pipefitter – occupations that exposed him to asbestos dust and fibers.

"As a result of such exposure, Thaddeus Alpough developed asbestos-related pleural disease, lung cancer and then gastric cancer, for which he died a painful and terrible death on May 7, 2010," the suit states.

The suit accuses Chevron of knowing that asbestos products could cause cancer but still chose to expose workers, such as Alpough.

The Alpough family is suing for punitive and exemplary damages.

Beaumont attorney Keith Hyde of the Provost Umphrey law firm represents the family.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B190-682

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