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Benzene suit filed against Texaco, 36 other companies for toxic emissions

By David Yates | May 24, 2016

BEAUMONT – a Benzene lawsuit has been brought against Texaco and 36 other corporate defendants.

Representing the estate of Belinda Foulk, William Foulk filed the suit May 20 in Jefferson County District Court.

Some of the other defendants named in the suit include: Huntsman Petrochemical, Goodrich, Total Petrochemicals, BASF, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Michelin, Mitsubishi, Texaco and Union Oil.

According to the petition, the defendants operated facilities in Port Arthur and used benzene-containing products.

The decadent was allegedly exposed to emissions from the facilities and developed acute myeloid leukemia.

“Each defendant knew, actually and constructively, that its emissions included chemicals with the potential for causing cancer and other chronic diseases that could result in death or serious bodily disease,” the suit states.

“A substantial portion of the … benzene emissions was unnecessary and therefore such emissions could have been substantially reduced, thereby reducing the resulting disease and death.”

The plaintiff is suing for all wrongful death damages and punitive damages.

Attorney Darren Brown of the Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont represents the plaintiff.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E-198510

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