BEAUMONT – The Provost Umphrey Law Firm is seeking to investigate the merits of a potential benzene lawsuit against Chevron USA and Texaco.

Through PU attorney Keith Hyde, Betty Vera filed a petition to perpetuate the testimony of Manuel Vera Jr. on May 20 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the petition, Vera was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. His disease is expected to progress and prove fatal.

The petition will notify Chevron and Texaco that a gross negligence and wrongful death lawsuit will be filed alleging his condition was the result of benzene exposure during his employment with Texaco.

The petitioner is asking the court to authorize the petition to perpetuate Vera’s testimony.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B-198705

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