In a story April 1 roughly $21 million jury verdict against Chevron, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a tire factory at which two guys worked together with all the solvent benzene was owned by Unocal, afterwards purchased by Chevron. Unocal did not own the tire factory.
A corrected version of this story is below:
A Northern California jury purchased Chevron Corp. to pay the families of two brothers who died of cancer a combined $21.4 million after concluding the firm failed to warn the men about the risks of the company’s poisonous solvent that they worked with at a tire factory.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported the Contra Costa County jury verdict Friday arrived after three weeks of deliberations and four months of trial.
The jury concluded that the cancers that killed Randy Eaves and brothers Gary Eaves were caused by the benzene. The brothers worked in a tire maker in Arkansas that utilized the solvent benzene created by Unocal for the a decades. San Ramon, California-based Chevron bought Unocal at 2005. Both brothers at times functioned as a”spray booth operator” responsible for spraying on the lubricant on tires. Gary also hauled tires coated in benzene.
Gary died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 2015. Randy died of leukemia at 2018, too.
The families’ attorney Mary Alexander contended that none of the plant employees wore respirators or protective clothing while working together with the solvent. Alexander also contended that workers were never advised to manage benzene inside of a ventilation booth.
The families of these men registered their wrongful death suit in which Chevron is based.
“We do not think that Unocal had some role in the promised injuries and we are evaluating the jury’s decision and the court’s rulings on this matter,” the firm said in an announcement.