170 defendants named in 11 asbestos cases

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 26, 2010

CHARLESTON -- Eight couples, one man and two widows name 170 defendants in 11 asbestos-related cases.

The plaintiffs claim the 170 companies exposed them the asbestos dust during their employment and caused their lung injuries, according to complaints filed Feb. 10 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Hugo T. Alexander and his wife, Leigh Alexander, of Mingo County, claim Mr. Alexander was diagnosed with asbestosis and lung cancer; Charles G. Artmeier, of Martinsville, was diagnosed with asbestosis and lung cancer; Ruben B. Birkhimer and Tammi L. Birkhimer, of Fruitland Park, Fla., claim Mr. Birkhimer was diagnosed with asbestosis and laryngeal cancer; Ester R. Coen, of Pine Grove, claims her late husband James E. Coen, was diagnosed with asbestosis and lung cancer; Kimberly Goodwin, of Kennedy Township, Pa., claims her late husband was diagnosed with asbestosis and lung cancer; Terry J. Holland and Kay L. Holland, of Edgewater, Fla., claim Mr. Holland was diagnosed with asbestosis; Charles E. Neitzelt and Lois L. Neitzelt, of Wheeling, claim Mr. Neitzelt was diagnosed with asbestosis and lung cancer; Wilbur L. Richardson and Nancy J. Richardson, of Bellaire, Ohio, claim Mr. Richardson was diagnosed with asbestosis and lung cancer; Lester I. Walker and Beverly A. Walker, of Girard, Ohio, claim Mr. Walker was diagnosed with asbestosis; and John E. Weaver and Ethel M. Weaver, of Follansbee, claim Mr. Weaver was diagnosed with asbestosis and mesothelioma.

The plaintiffs claim they have suffered damages for medical treatment, drugs and other unknown remedial medical measures; great pain of the body and mind; embarrassment and inconvenience; loss of earning capacity; loss of enjoyment of life; and shortening of life expectancy.

The plaintiffs are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues regarding their asbestos-related cases. They are all being represented by David P. Chervenick, Bruce E. Mattock, Lee W. Davis and Scott S. Segal

The cases have been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 170 defendants named in the 10 cases are 20th Century Glove Corporation; A.O. Smith Corporation; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Alliance Machine Company; Allied Glove Corporation; Allis-Chalmers Corporation; American Optical Corporation; Anchor Packing Company; Anderson Greenwood & Co.; Aristech Chemical Corporation; Armstrong International, Inc.; Ashland, Inc.; Atlas Industries, Inc.; Aurora Pump Company; A.W. Chesterton Company; Baltimore Aircoil Company, Inc.; Bayer Corporation; Bayer Cropscience, Inc.; Beazer East, Inc.; Bechtel Corporation; Brand Insulations, Inc.; Buffalo Pumps, Inc.; Burnham Holdings, Inc.; Cabot Corporation; Cameron International Corporation; Cashco, Inc.; CBS Corporation; Certainteed Corporation; Chemetron Corporation; the Cincinnati Gasket, Packing & MFG, Inc.; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Columbia Paint Corp.; Cooper Industries, Inc.; Cooper Industries, LLC; Copes-Vulcan, Inc.; Coppus Turbines; Corbesco, Inc.; Crane Co.; Crown, Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; Dana Corporation; DeGussa Corporation; DeZurik, Inc.; Dravo Corporation; Duquesne Light Company; E. I. DuPont de Nemours; Earl B. Beach Company; Eaton Corporation; Eichleay Corporation; Elliott Company; F.B. Wright Company; Fairmont Supply Company; Famous Furnace & Supply Co.; Fisher Controls International, LLC; Flowserve FSD Corporation; Flowserve US, Inc.; Flowserve US, Inc., and its Byron Jackson Division; Flowserve US, Inc., as successor to Valtek International; Fluor Constructors International; FMC Corporation; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler, LLC; Gage Company; Gardner Denver, Inc.; Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC; General Electric Company; General Refractories Company; General Technologies, Inc.; Gentex Corporation; George V. Hamilton, Inc.; Goodrich Corporation; Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Goulds Pumps; Graybar Electric Company, Inc.; Greene Tweed & Co.; Grinnell Corporation; Hedman Mines LTD; Henry Vogt Machine Co.; Hinchliffe & Keener, Inc.; Hoechst Celanese Chemical Group, Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; Honeywell, Inc.; Howden Buffalo, Inc.; Huntington Alloys Corporation; I. U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; International Systems and Controls Corporation; ITT Corporation; J.H. France Refractories Company; John Crane, Inc.; Joy Technologies, Inc.; Leslie Controls, Inc.; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Luckenheimer; Magnetek, Inc.; Mallinckrodt, Inc.; Manitowoc Company, Inc.; McJunkin Red Man Corporation; Meadwestvaco Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Milton Roy Company; Mobil Corporation; Monongahela Power Company; Morgan Engineering, Inc.; Mueller Steam Specialty; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; National Service Industries, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Norwalk Compressor Company; O.C. Keckley Company; Occidental Chemical Corporation; Oglebay Norton Company; Osram Sylvania, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; P&H Mining Equipment, Inc.; Parker-Hannifin Corp.; Peerless Industries, Inc.; Pennzoil-Quaker State Company; Pharmacia Corporation; Pneumo Abex Corporation; Potomac Edison Company; Power Piping Company; Premier Refractories, Inc.; Reading Crane; Rhone-Poulenc AG Company, Inc.; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automations, Inc.; Roper Pump Company; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Safety First Industries, Inc.; Sager Corporation; Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; Shell Oil Company; Spirax Sarco, Inc.; SPX Cooling Technologies; Standco Industries, Inc.; Steel Grip, Inc.; Sterling Fluid Systems (US), LLC; Sundyne Corporation; SVI Corporation; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; Townsend & Bottum, Inc.; Trane U.S., Inc.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Unifrax Corporation; Union Carbide Corporation; United Conveyor Corporation; United States Steel Corporation; Universal Refractories Corporation; U.S.F. & G. Insurance Company; Viacom, Inc.; Viking Pump, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Virginia Electric Power Company; Waco, Inc.; Warren Pumps, Inc.; Washington Group International; Waste Management, Inc.; Watson McDaniel Company; Weil-McLain Company; West Penn Power Company; Westinghouse Airbrake; Whiting Corporation; William Powell Company; Wyeth Holdings Corporation; Yarway Corporation; and Young Group, LTD.

Kanawha Circuit Court case numbers: 10-C-250, 10-C-251, 10-C-252, 10-C-253, 10-C-254, 10-C-255, 10-C-256, 10-C-257, 10-C-258, 10-C-259 and 10-C-260

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