A Livingston woman is suing Chevron USA and Texaco, alleging the companies exposed her late father to asbestos.

Representing the estate of Joyce Venable, Lorrie Simoneaux filed the suit May 7 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Venable was employed by Texaco in Jefferson County, where he was exposed to asbestos.

"As a result of such exposure, Joyce Venable developed an asbestos-related disease, esophageal cancer, from which he died a painful and terrible death on May 23, 2010," the suit states.

The suit further alleges that the defendants knew for decades that asbestos products were harmful and still allowed their employees to work with them without warning.

The plaintiff is suing for exemplary damages.

Provost Umphrey attorney Keith Hyde of Beaumont represents her.

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

Case No. B192-421

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