The wife and children of a deceased man are suing three major oil companies, claiming the man's death from lung cancer was caused by his exposure to asbestos at a local refinery.

Pamela Herbert, Mary Darjean and Ricky Darjean filed a lawsuit against Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Shell Oil, Huntsman Petrochemical, Guard-line, Triplex, Elliott Turbomachinery, Yarway Corporation and Zurn Industries on Feb. 5 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the complaint, Louis Darjean developed lung cancer after his work as a supervisor at the buildings of the defendants.

During his work, Louis Darjean was exposed to asbestos fibers and dust, which caused his disease and subsequent death, the complaint says.

Although the defendants knew about the harms of asbestos for decades, they failed to warn Louis Darjean of the product's danger and failed to ensure that its employees were not exposed to the carcinogen, the lawsuit states.

The plaintiffs are seeking a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court and exemplary or punitive damages, plus interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Samantha Flores and Michael B. Patronella of Williams, Kherkher, Hart and Boundas in Houston will be representing them.

Case No. 193-896

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