The widow of Louis Esbry is blaming Chevron USA for his death, alleging the company exposed him to asbestos.

Camelia Esbry and her children filed the suit June 29 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, during Louis Esbry's employment with Chevron he was exposed to asbestos dust and fibers. As a result, he developed asbestosis and died on Dec. 18. 2011, the suit states.

The suit alleges Chevron knew for decades that asbestos could cause cancer and still allowed workers to work around the mineral without warning them of the dangers.

The plaintiffs are suing to recover exemplary damages.

Provost Umphrey attorney Keith Hyde of Beaumont represents them.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B192-630

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