Woman names 64 companies in asbestos suit

CHARLESTON -- A woman is suing 64 companies she claims are responsible for her family member's lung cancer and death.

On July 7, 2010, Franklin Delno Hensley was diagnosed with lung cancer, from which he died on May 13, 2011, according to a complaint filed July 5 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Tammy Horn claims Hensley was exposed during his employment as a plumber, carpenter and laborer from 1965 until 2002.

The defendants are being sued based on 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.

Horn is seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. She is being represented by Bronwyn I. Rinehart, Victoria L. Antion and Scott A. McGee.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The companies named as defendants are 3M Company; A.O. Smith Corporation; A.W. Chesterton Company; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Armstrong International, Inc.; Aurora Pump Company; Borg-Warner Corporation; CBS Corporation; Certainteed Corporation; Chromium Corporation; Cleaver Brooks, Inc.; Crane Co.; Dravo Corporation; Eaton Corporation; Flowserve Corporation; Flowserve f/k/a The Duriron Company Inc.; FMC Corporation; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; Genuine Parts Company; Georgia Pacific Corporation; Gordon Gasket & Packing Co.; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Grinnell, LLC; Hercules, Inc.; Honeywell International; Howden North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Mobil Corporation; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company; Pneumo Abex Corporation; Premiere Refractories, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Riley Power Inc.; Robin Industries, Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Schneider Electric; Spirax Sarco, Inc.; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), LLC; Superior Container, Inc.; Swindell Dressier International Corporation; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; Trane U.S. Inc.; Union Carbide Chemical & Plastics Company; Uniroyal, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors and Washington Group International; Vimasco Corporation; Weil-McLain Company; Yarway Corporation; YRC, Inc.; and Zurn Industries, Inc.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-1249

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