Motion to enforce settlement granted in toxic tort

By David Yates | Mar 30, 2016

BEAUMONT - A motion to enforce a settlement agreement was recently granted in a suit brought by a Texas woman claiming her husband died from exposure to carcinogenic chemicals at work.

Plaintiff Susie Harmon, individually and as representative of the estate of Clifford Dale Harmon, filed a lawsuit Nov. 21, 2014, in Jefferson County District Court against CRC Industries Inc., et al, citing products liability.

According to the second amended petition, companies such as Dow, Chevron, Texaco, ExxonMobil, Huntsman Petrochemical, Motiva and Union Oil were also named as defendants.

Court records show on March 22 the plaintiffs filed their motion to enforce, asserting a settlement was reached with the defendants subsequent to mediation on Jan. 14.

They claim defendants Chevron, Texaco, ExxonMobil, Motiva, Union Oil, Michelin and DuPont have failed to fund their portion of the settlement.

A hearing on the matter was held March 28. Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, granted the motion, according to a courthouse official.

According to the complaint, for many years, Clifford Dale Harmon was employed as an instrument technician and contractor at the premises of Chevron USA, Exxon-Mobil and other companies, where he was exposed to carcinogenic chemicals, including trichloroethylene, in products produced by Dow Chemical Company, Able Fastener Inc., and several other companies.

The complaint states Harmon developed and died from kidney cancer due to this exposure.

The plaintiffs seek survival damages.

They are represented by attorney Darren L. Brown of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court case number: A-196443

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