Discovery continues in a toxic tort claim brought by Johnny and Rebecca Grove, who sued 18 companies alleging benzene exposure.

The suit was filed Feb. 23 in Jefferson County District Court.

The defendants named in the suit include, Bridgestone, Canadianoxy Offshore, Chevron and its subsidiaries, Conoco Phillips, DuPont, ExxonMobil, Firestone, Goodyear, Gulf Oil, Huntsman, PPG, Texaco, Total Petrochemicals, Union Oil and United States Steel.

Court records show one of the last filings in the case came June 1, a certificate of discovery showing that plaintiffs had responded to all defendants’ requests for disclosure.

According to the lawsuit, Johnny Grove worked as a boilermaker at various locations in Southeast Texas and was exposed to benzene-containing products.

As a result of his exposure, Johnny has developed the disease chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the suit alleges.

The suit further alleges the defendants knew of the dangers yet still exposed workers to the harmful chemical without warning.

Johnny is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment and disfigurement.

The plaintiffs are also suing for exemplary damages.

Beaumont attorney Tina Bradley of Hobson & Bradley represents them.

Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A196-767

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