Benzene lawsuit names 21 companies for plaintiff’s alleged exposure in ‘60s

By David Yates | Aug 13, 2018

Seeking exemplary damages, Ronald Smith filed the lawsuit Aug. 9 in Jefferson County District Court.

Some of the other defendants named in the suit include Amsco Steel, BP, Honeywell, Shell Oil, Texaco, Dow Chemical and Union Oil.

According to the lawsuit, Smith was employed at Sinclair Koppers (sued as Atlantic Richfield) in Port Arthur from 1967 to 1998 working in instrumentation.

Smith believes he was exposed to benzene from the mid 1960s through the late 1970s, causing him to develop multiple myeloma.

He alleges the defendants were aware that they were of chemical emissions released into the ambient air and would be absorbed by workers.

Provost Umphrey attorney Darren Brown represents him.

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

Case No. A-202225

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