Two women name 61 companies in asbestos lawsuit

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 14, 2010

CHARLESTON -- Two women are suing 61 companies in an asbestos-related lawsuit.

Debra L. Church and Carol J. Boyd are co-executrixes of the Estate of Nelson Eugene Walker, according to a complaint filed March 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Walker was diagnosed with lung cancer on July 31, 2009, and died on Nov. 23, 2009, according to the suit.

Church and Boyd claim Walker was exposed to asbestos products of the defendants while working at various job sites over many years.

The defendants are being sued for negligence, contaminated buildings, breach of expressed/implied warranty, strict liability, intentional tort, conspiracy, misrepresentations and post-sale duty to warn, according to the suit.

Church and Boyd 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 companies named as defendants in the suit are 3M Company; A.K. Steel Corporation; A.W. Chesterton; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Allied Chemical Corporation; Amdura Corporation; Aurora Pump Company; Bucyrus International, Inc.; Catalytic, Inc.; Caterpillar, Inc.; Certainteed Corporation; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Columbus McKinnon Corporation; Cooper Industries, LLC; Crane Co.; Elliott Turbo Machinery Company; Flowserve FSD Corporation; Flowserve US, Inc.; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; Garlock, Inc.; General Electric Company; Goulds Pumps; Honeywell International, Inc.; Howden Buffalo, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; Mallinckrodt, Inc.; McJunkin Red Man Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Morgan Engineering, Inc.; Nacco Materials Handling Group, Inc.; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; P&H Mining Equipment, Inc.; Pettibone/Traverse Lift, LLC; Premier Refractories, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automations, Inc.; Square D Company; State Electric Supply Company; Sunbeam Corporation; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; the F.D. Lawrence Electric Company; the Manitowoc Company, Inc.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors, Inc.; Viacom, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Washington Group International; West Virginia State Electric Supply; and Yale Materials Handling Corporation.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-521

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