The children of the late William Butchee Sr. has filed suit against their father's former employer, Mobil Oil, for allegedly exposing him to asbestos.

Marcella Worthey and William Butchee Jr. filed the suit Dec. 2 in Jefferson County District Court. ExxonMobil is also named as a defendant.

According to the lawsuit, Butchee was exposed to asbestos dust and fibers during his employment with Mobil Oil. The suit does not give dates of employment.

"As a result of such exposure, Butchee developed ... pulmonary asbestosis, for which he died a painful and terrible death on Dec. 14, 2010," the suit states.

The suit also alleges the defendants knew for decades that asbestos exposure caused cancer but still allowed employees to work with asbestos products.

The plaintiffs are suing for exemplary damages.

Attorney Keith Hyde of the Beaumont law firm Provost Umphrey represents them.

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

Case No. B191-418

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