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Asbestos Lawsuit against Chevron USA Dismissed

An asbestos lawsuit filed against Chevron U.S.A., Inc. has been dismissed.

The suit was filed by Mary Alpough and her siblings on 16th August, 2011 on their late father Thaddeus Alpough’s behalf. According to the suit filed in Jefferson County Dist. Court, Chevron exposed the plaintiffs’ deceased father to toxic asbestos fibres while he was working with the company.

Court documents show that on 15th October, a joint motion was filed by the parties for dismissal of the suit with prejudice. The motion was granted by Hon. Gary Sanderson, the judge of the 60th Dist. Court, after 6 days.

According to the petition, Alpough was employed at the Port Arthur oil refinery of Chevron USA as a pipefitter and boilermaker helper. Both the occupations exposed him regularly to potentially deadly asbestos fibres and dust, the petition stated.

According to the suit, Thaddeus Alpough contracted asbestos-related lung cancer, pleural disease and gastric cancer because of this regular and long term exposure to asbestos fibers and dust. Consequently, Alpough died a terrible and painful death on 7th May, 2010, the suit claimed.

Chevron was aware of the fact that exposure to asbestos products can cause deadly diseases such as cancer, but still allowed its employees including Alpough to work around the dangerous products without any sort of protection, the plaintiffs argued. According to the claim, the company never warned its workers regarding the risks of working with and around asbestos products.

The family of Alpough was seeking punitive as well as exemplary damages. The plaintiffs were represented by J Keith Hyde, an attorney with Beaumont (TX)-based law firm Provost Umphrey.

Asbestos, a fibrous silicate mineral found in nature, was extensively used in U.S. industries until the 1980s. As the material was used in a number of different ways, a lot of people in different occupations suffered and is suffering from the ailments caused by their exposure to the dangerous mineral. Over many decades, asbestos products were used in petrochemical plants, shipyards, factories, paper mills, steel mills, telephone industry and the construction industry. Despite being a deadly carcinogen, the mineral had been used so extensively that almost everything related to design or construction exposed workers to some forms of asbestos. Unfortunately, most of the workers were not aware of the hazards of asbestos exposure while dealing with or working around the silent killer and their employers did not reveal it either.