CHARLESTON -- A Kermit couple is suing 26 companies in an asbestos-related case.

On Oct. 9, 2008, Russell Lee Messer was diagnosed with asbestosis, according to a complaint filed March 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Messer and his wife, Melvina Messer, claim the asbestosis was caused by asbestosis dust that was in products and/or buildings Mr. Messer worked in during his career as a laborer, welder and construction worker.

Mr. Messer claims he does smoke one pack of cigarettes her day and has since 1956.

The Messers are seeking a trial by jury to resolve all issues in the asbestos-related case. They are being represented by Victoria Antion and Cindy J. Kiblinger.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 26 defendants named in the suit are 3M Company; A.W. Chesterton; Beazer East, Inc.; Bondex International, Inc.; Certainteed Corporation; Chevron U.S.A., Inc.; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Columbia Gas of Kentucky, Inc.; Flowserve US, Inc.; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; Garlock, Inc.; General Electric Company; General Refractories Company; Georgia Pacific Corporation; Honeywell International, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Mountaineer Gas Company; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Riley Power, Inc.; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Uniroyal, Inc.; Viacom, Inc.; and Vimasco Corporation.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-520

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