Michael Butts worked as a maintenance and repair mechanic for many different employers over the period from 1965 to 2014, and was exposed to benzene in gasoline, oil, solvents, adhesives, and degreasers during the span of his career. Benzene is a sweet-smelling toxic chemical that quickly evaporates. Over time, breathing benzene increases the risk for cancer, particularly Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), in addition to other forms of leukemia and lymphoma.

Butts filed suit in January 2015 alleging that he had been exposed to benzene in gasoline and oil, and that this exposure was the cause of his AML. Defendants in the case included oil companies such as ExxonMobil, BP and Chevron. Manufacturers of benzene-containing products such as Liquid Wrench and CRC Brakleen were also Defendants.

The lawsuit claimed that the products at issue lacked warnings and instructions of the dangers benzene represents to human health, “including the risk for contracting cancer, leukemia and other blood and bone marrow disease.” The trial began April 2017 and lasted three weeks, with a confidential settlement being reached after the close of evidence.

If you would like more information about these cases, you can contact Grant Cofer, a lawyer in our Toxic Torts Section. Grant can be reached at 800-898-2034 or by email at Grant.Cofer@beasleyallen.com.

Source: The Daily Hornet

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