MOUNDSVILLE - A couple is suing 109 companies they say are responsible for a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Thomas Ray Allen was diagnosed with mesothelioma on April 30, according to a complaint filed in Marshall Circuit Court.

Allen and his wife, Phyllis Allen, claim the109 defendants exposed Thomas Allen to asbestos during his employment in New Martinsville.

The defendants caused Thomas Allen to be exposed to asbestos and/or other harmful minerals manufactured, supplied, sold, distributed, installed, used, specified, removed and/or required by the defendants, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs claim the defendants failed to warn them of the dangers of the asbestos-containing products and failed to take reasonable precautions to warn them of the dangers.

The defendants also failed to exercise reasonable care to warn them of the dangers and failed to inform them of what would be safe and sufficient apparel for a person who was exposed to or used the product or products, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs claim the defendants are strictly liable to the them for the exposure.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. They are being represented by Leslie Ann James of Hartly & O'Brien PLLC.

The 109 defendants include Bayer Corporation; Air & Liquid Systems Corporation; Ajax Management Corporation; Alliance Machine Company; Allied Glove Corporation; American Gage & Machine Company; American Optical Corporation; Ametek Inc.; Armstrong International Inc.; and Armstrong Pumps Inc.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David W. Hummel Jr.

Marshall Circuit Court case number: 14-C-84

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