During their relative’s work as an employee for Jefferson Chemical/Texaco Chemical Co., former Jefferson County resident David Landry Jr.’s family claims their recently deceased relative was exposed to benzene, causing him to develop multiple myeloma.

On Feb. 27,  David Landry III and Tori L. Flowers, filed suit against American Cyanamid and 17 other companies in Jefferson County District Court, alleging they negligently exposed David Landry Jr. to benzene despite being aware of the dangers.

The other defendants include Cytec, Wyeth Holdings, Amoco Chemical Co., Amoco Oil Co., Atlantic Richfield Co., B.P. Amoco Chemical Co., B.P. Products North America, Chevron, Shell Chemical Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Exxon Mobil Oil Corporation, Shell Chemical and Shell Oil, Texaco Chemical Company, the Union Oil Company of California and TRMI Holdings.

According to the lawsuit, David Landry Jr. worked at the Port Neches chemical plant during the mid 1970s and “was occupationally exposed to various toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, including but not limited to, benzene, benzene-containing products and other carcinogens.”

As a result of his exposure to the various chemicals, David Landry Jr. developed multiple myeloma, his family claims.

The suit alleges the defendants negligently failed to warn customers and workers of the dangers of benzene despite having actual knowledge.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages for David Landry Jr.’s alleged medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages and for their own mental anguish, medical costs, loss of her husband’s society and household services and costs for nursing care.

They are represented by Beaumont attorney Darren L. Brown of the Provost Umphrey law firm.

Judge Bob Wortham has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A194-019

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