SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury ordered Chevron Corp. to pay the families of two brothers a combined $21.4 million after they claimed the men’s exposure to a toxic chemical while working at a company plant caused the cancer that killed them.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that The Contra Costa County jury’s verdict Friday.

Brothers Gary Eaves and Randy Eaves worked at a Chevron-owned tire manufacturer in Arkansas. Both worked with the solvent benzene, a known carcinogen. Gary died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015 at age 61. Randy died of leukemia in 2018, also at age 61.

The families’ wrongful death lawsuit was filed in California because Chevron is based in the state.

Chevron says it disputes that benzene caused the brothers’ cancer and is mulling its next legal step.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

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