Couple blames 46 defendants in leukemia suit

By Kyla Asbury | Sep 15, 2014

RIPLEY – A Millwood couple is suing 46 companies they claim are responsible for a chronic lymphocytic leukemia diagnosis.


RIPLEY – A Millwood couple is suing 46 companies they claim are responsible for a chronic lymphocytic leukemia diagnosis.

Elijah P. Morris and Shirley J. Morris claim the 46 defendants caused Elijah Morris' leukemia by exposing him to toxic chemicals and process vapors and fumes, according to a complaint filed Aug. 11 in Jackson Circuit Court.

The plaintiffs claim as a result of Elijah Morris' development of leukemia, he has been severely injured, disabled and damaged.

The defendants violated West Virginia code, were negligent and breached their warranties, according to the suit.

Shirley Morris suffered loss of general services, companionship and society of her husband as a result of the defendants' negligence.

The plaintiffs claim Shirley Morris has rendered nursing services and other services to her husband, which she otherwise would not have had to render except for his severe illness and injuries.

As a result of the development of CLL, Elijah Morris suffered and sustained severe illness and injury to his person, which forced him to obtain medical treatment and to incur medical expenses by way of doctor, hospital and drug bills, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs claim Elijah Morris also suffered great pain, extreme nervousness and mental anguish.

As a result of the CLL development, Elijah Morris' ability to work and earn a living has been greatly impaired and he lost wages and employment benefits, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.

They are being represented by Carrie L. Newton; and R. Dean Hartley and J. Michael Prascik of Hartley & O'Brien PLLC.

The 46 defendants in the suit include Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood LLC; Kaiser Aluminum Corporation; Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation; Century Aluminum Corporation of West Virginia Inc.; Alcan Rolled Products-Ravenswood LLC; Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.; Apollo Global Management LLC; Hartley Oil Company Inc.; Texaco Inc.; and Safety-Kleen Systems Inc.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David W. Nibert.

Jackson Circuit Court case number: 14-C-80

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