Plaintiffs in Benzene Lawsuit Finally Get Paid

More than $900,000 was paid to eight plaintiffs involved in an ongoing legal battle against Kerr-McGee Chemical, the plaintiffs’ benzene exposure attorneys announced this week. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2005, and the company has delayed payment to the plaintiffs since an arbitration decision last year.

Tronox LLC, which now owns Kerr-McGee, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and in January asked for relief from payment under that filing. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argued that the company had sufficient funds in at least five different accounts to pay the money owed, and Tronox was finally obliged to pay.

Plaintiffs Claimed Health Problems from Toxic Exposure
Kerr-McGee manufactured railroad ties at its Avoca, Pennsylvania plant for approximately 40 years, releasing extremely toxic chemicals – such as benzene, arsenic and creosote – into the air. The original lawsuit involved nearly 3,500 plaintiffs who claimed they developed cancer and other health problems as a result of exposure to these chemicals.