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Sarrat, Univar, Benzene & Leukemia

toxic exposure, vinyl chloride, benzene, manganese, berylium, asbestos,benzene exposureSarrat, Univar, Benzene & Leukemia: A recent case in the United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana ruled on a recent motion to dimiss.

The Sarrat, Univar, Benzene & Leukemia case documents what many people may face today that may have worked in or around the petroleum industry, chemical industry and the petrochemical industry (on oil rigs, oil platforms, boats, ships and vessels) and been exposed to Benzene – leukemia or air borne chemical exposure.  The court ruled against Univar.

To find out more on the case, see Case No. 14-1017 – July 14, 2014.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • Plaintiffs allege that from 1967 through 1969, Walter was employed by Gencote, Inc. as a polyurethane applicator, and that the work involved using toluene, which contains up to 2.5% benzene.
  • They allege that the toluene was sprayed in a “very fine breathable mist” directly onto Walter’s skin and clothing, and that he was unaware that toluene contained benzene, which causes cancer, because he was “advised that toluene was safe and posed no hazard to his health in the manner it was being used.”
  • Plaintiffs allege that Gencote purchased the toluene from ChemCentral, Inc. a/k/a Southern Solvent & Chemicals Corporation, which merged into Univar.
  • Plaintiffs allege that Walter developed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia as a result of his exposure to benzene in the toluene provided by Univar’s predecessor. 


Benzene is a clear, colorless aromatic liquid that is highly flammable and is used in many industries, including, the petroleum industry, the petrochemical industry, the steel industry, the industrial chemical industry, the alkalies manufacturing industry, the paint indutry and by the chlorine manufacturers. Benzene exposure may cause:

  1. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  2. Acute non-lymphocytic leukemia (ANLL)
  3. Secondary aplastic anemia
  4. Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
  5. Myelodysplasia
  6. Myelodysplastic syndrome, or
  7. Non-hodkins lymphoma
  8. Kidney problems


At the Gooch Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing our clients reliable representation for even the most challenging cases.

If you have been diagnosed with a serious disease (e.g., leukemia, non-hodgkins lymphoma etc.) from benzene exposure, and need a benzene lawyer to help you file a benzene exposure lawsuit, contact our office at 1.844.329.5955.