Texas Man Names 23 Defendants in Toxic Substance Lawsuit

Texas Man Names 23 Defendants in Toxic Substance LawsuitA Texas man recently filed a toxic substances lawsuit against a number of companies he claims caused him to develop cancer because their products contained asbestos.

Leroy Brown, of Jefferson County, said that he developed malignant mesothelioma after spending a number of years working with products made by the defendant companies, reports the Southeast Texas Record. The lawsuit, which was filed in Jefferson County District Court, names 23 firms, including Chevron, Koch Industries and Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co.

Brown claims that he came in contact with the defendants' asbestos-containing products while holding a number of positions for Texaco from 1969 to 2007.

Many blue-collar workers came in contact with asbestos on the job as the naturally occurring mineral was used in a variety of industries due to its insulating properties and resistance to fire. However, within the past few decades it has become known that exposure to asbestos can cause not only malignant mesothelioma but lung cancer and asbestosis as well.

Brown, who is joined by his wife Marjorie as a plaintiff, has hired a toxic substances attorney to help with the litigation, according to the news provider.