Family members of the late Kenneth Brumley have filed suit against their benefactor's long-time employer, DuPont De Nemours, alleging the chemical company exposed him to benzene during his 33-year career.

Plaintiffs Jo Ann Brumley, Alan Brumley, Allyson Friedrich and Andrea Lauper filed the suit Feb. 17 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, from 1960 to 1975 Kenneth Brumley worked as an operator for DuPont plant in Victoria. From 1975 to 1988, he worked at the Corpus Christi facility until being transferred back to Victoria. He was working as a relation's specialist until retiring in 1993.

"His exposure to benzene ... occurred during 1960 to 1975," the suit states. "This exposure resulted in Kenneth Brumley developing myelodysplasia which resulted in his untimely death."

The suit accuses DuPont of knowingly causing Kenneth Brumley's death by exposing him to benzene and failing to warn him of the dangerous of benzene.

The plaintiffs are suing for punitive damages.

Beaumont attorney Tina Bradley of Hobson & Bradley represents them.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A191-974

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