CHARLESTON -- A Clarksburg couple is suing 56 companies after they claim they are responsible for asbestos exposure.

Lendell C. Simmons was diagnosed with lung cancer on Feb. 21, according to a complaint filed March 29 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Simmons and his wife, Patricia Simmons, claim the defendants exposed him to asbestos and asbestos fibers, which caused his lung cancer.

The defendants are being sued upon theories of negligence, contaminated buildings, breach of expressed/implied warranty, strict liability, intentional tort, conspiracy, misrepresentations and post-sale duty to warn, according to the suit.

The Simmons' are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. They are being represented by Victoria Antion and Lawrence J. Tweel.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 56 companies named as defendants in the suit are A.W. Chesterton Company; Allied Glove Corporation; Beazer East, Inc.; Bechtel Corporation; Brand Insulations, Inc.; Catalytic Construction Company; Certainteed Corporation; Crane Co.; Crown Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; Dow Chemical Company; Dravo Corporation; Eaton Corporation; Fairmont Supply Company; ETC Wright Company; Flowserve FSD Corporation; Flowserve US, Inc.; FMC Corporation; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; George V. Hamilton, Inc.; Goulds Pumps; Grinnell Corporation; Henry Vogt Machine Company; Hercules, Inc.; Howden North America, Inc.; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; ITT Corporation; J.H. France Refractories Company; Lockheed Martin Corporation; McJunkin Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; Premiere Refractories, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), LLC; Sundyne Corporation; Sutter Roofing & Metal Co. Inc.; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; the Gage Company; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Union Carbide Chemical & Plastics Company; United Engineers & Constructors and Washington Group international; Viacom, Inc.; and Vimasco Corporation.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-509

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