NEW ORLEANS – A St. Tammany Parish formerly employed as railroad carman/mechanic alleges exposure to a hazardous chemical caused his kidney cancer.

Alvin J. Porte filed a complaint on June 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Illinois Central Railroad Co. citing the Federal Employer's Liability Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he regularly exposed to hazardous chemical carbon tetrachloride while employed as a railroad carman/mechanic by the defendant in the 1960s and 1970s. He alleges he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in July 2014 as a result of the exposure.

The plaintiff holds Illinois Central Railroad Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to furnish and maintain a safe place to work.

The plaintiff seeks damages for all sums reasonable in the premises, with legal interest, costs of these proceedings and for all general and equitable relief. He is represented by Joseph M. Miller, Benjamin B. Saunders and Carisa German-Oden of Davis, Saunders, Miller & Oden PLC in Mandeville.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:17-cv-05657

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