The family of the late Robert Marze has filed an asbestos lawsuit against Chevron and Texaco, alleging the companies exposed him to the fiber throughout his career.

Doris Marze and her children filed the suit Jan. 17 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Robert Marze was employed by Texaco in Port Arthur, where he was allegedly exposed to asbestos.

The suit does not give dates of employment, nor does the suit state his occupation.

As the result of his alleged exposure, Robert Marze developed pulmonary asbestosis, which he died from on Aug. 20.

The suit alleges the defendants knew for decades that asbestos caused cancer but still exposed employees to the substance without warning them.

The plaintiffs are suing for exemplary damages.

They are represented by Keith Hyde, attorney for the Beaumont law firm Provost Umphrey.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D191-661

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