5th Circ. Says Chevron Off Hook For Mesothelioma Deal

Law360 (February 19, 2020, 3:38 PM EST) -- The Fifth Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s judgment that a construction engineering company is responsible for Chevron’s settlement with a welder who contracted mesothelioma after working at an oil refinery, saying the engineering company was contractually obligated to indemnify Chevron.

A three-judge panel said in a published opinion Tuesday that Jacobs Field Services North America Inc. passed up opportunities to be involved in Chevron Oronite Co. LLC’s settlement negotiations with Wayne Bourgeois, who contracted the cancer after being exposed to asbestos while working at a Chevron refinery in Louisiana, among other places.

Chevron twice informed Jacobs that it believed it...

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