Florida couple names 74 defendants in asbestos suit

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 9, 2010

CHARLESTON -- A Freeport, Fla., couple is suing 74 companies in an asbestos-related suit.

George A. Vaughan was employed by Armco Steel from 1958 until 1960 and Kaiser Aluminum/Century Aluminum from 1963 until 1993, according to a complaint filed May 14 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Vaughan, who was diagnosed with lung cancer on Feb. 26, claims he smoked one pack of cigarettes per day from 1961 until 1984, but has not since.

Vaughan and his wife, Connie S. Vaughan, claim the defendants are responsible for his lung cancer.

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.

The Vaughans are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved in their asbestos-related case. They are being represented by Thomas P. Maroney and Victoria Antion.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 74 defendants named in the case are A.K. Steel Corporation; A.W. Chesterton; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Aurora Pump Company; Baltimore Aircoil Company; Brand Insulations, Inc.; BW IP, Inc.; Certainteed Corporation; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Crane Co.; DeZurik, Inc.; Dravo Corporation; Eaton Electrical, Inc.; Elliott Turbo Machinery Company; Fairbanks Morse Pump Corporation; Fisher Controls International, LLC; Flowserve FSD Corporation; Flowserve US, Inc., f/k/a Durco International, Inc.; Flowserve US, Inc., a/k/a Sier Bath Pumps; Fluor Enterprises; Fluor Corporation; FMC Corporation; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; Gardner Denver, Inc.; Goulds Pumps; Honeywell International, Inc.; I. U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Inductotherm Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; J.H. France Refractories Company; Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.; Joy Technologies, Inc.; Leslie Controls, Inc.; Lockheed Martin Corporation; McJunkin Red Man Corporation; Morgan Engineering, Inc.; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; P&H Mining Equipment, Inc.; Premier Refractories, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Reading Crane; Reliance Electric, Inc.; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automations, Inc.; Roper Pump Company; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; State Electric Supply Company; Sterling Fluid Systems (US), LLC; Stockham Valves & Fittings; Sunbeam Corporation; Surface Combustion, Inc.; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; the Gage Company; the Manitowoc Company, Inc.; Thiem Corp.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors, Inc.; Viking Pump, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Washington Group International; West Virginia State Electric Supply; WT/HRC Corporation/Whiting Corporation; and Trane U.S., Inc.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-874

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