Texaco, Chevron USA hit with wrongful death, asbestosis lawsuit

By David Yates | Oct 3, 2017

BEAUMONT – Both Texaco and Chevron USA have been named as defendants in a lawsuit alleging wrongful death because of asbestos exposure.

BEAUMONT – Both Texaco and Chevron USA have been named as defendants in a lawsuit alleging wrongful death because of asbestos exposure.

Alberta Droddy, the widow of Bobby Droddy, filed suit against the companies on Sept. 28 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Bobby Droddy was employed by Texaco, later Chevron, at its Port Arthur facility, where he was allegedly exposed to toxic dusts, including asbestos.

“As a result of such exposure, Bobby Droddy developed asbestosis, from which he died a painful and terrible death on Sept. 1 in Louisiana,” the suit states.

While the suit fails to give dates of employment, it does allege the defendants knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure but still allowed their employees to work around asbestos products. 

The plaintiff is suing for exemplary damages and asserts the cap on punitive damages is unconstitutional.

Provost Umphrey attorney Darren Brown represents the plaintiff.

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

Case No. E-200745

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