CHARLESTON - An asbestos suit has been filed against 42 companies by a man who claims he contracted lung cancer while working for one of the businesses.

James William Davis Jr. filed a suit July 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court against A.K. Steel Corporation, Allied Chemical and 40 other companies.

Davis worked at A.K. Steel from 1967 to 1971 and from 1981 to 1997 as a laborer. He worked as a supervisor at Allied Chemical from 1967 to 1971.

According to the suit, Davis was exposed to asbestos dust as the result of the manufacture, sale, distribution, installation and removal of asbestos-containing products. He claims the exposure caused him to develop cancer.

Davis claims he has suffered medical expense, great pain of the body and mind, embarrassment, inconvenience and loss of quality of enjoyment of life.

In the seven-count suit, Davis seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Cindy Kiblinger is representing Davis. The case will be assigned to a visiting judge.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 08-C-1391

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