Parkersburg couple names 58 companies in asbestos suit

By Kyla Asbury | Sep 21, 2010

CHARLESTON -- A Parkersburg man and his wife named 58 defendants in an asbestos-related suit, claiming they are responsible for his mesothelioma.

James R. Hinton was diagnosed with mesothelioma on July 7, according to a complaint filed Aug. 25 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Hinton, who was employed by Union Carbide in South Charleston from 1946 until 1991 as an operator, claims he has never smoked.

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

Hinton and his wife, Glendene F. Hinton are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved in their case. They are being represented by John E. Sutter.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The defendants named in the suit are 3M Company; A.W. Chesterton Company; Aurora Pump Company; Buffalo Pumps, Inc.; Certainteed Corporation; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Crane Company; Crown, Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; Dow Chemical Company; Eaton Electrical, Inc.; Elliott Company; Fisher Controls International, Inc.; Flowserve US Inc.; Flowserve US, Inc. f/k/a Durco International, Inc.; Flowserve US, Inc. f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation; FMC Corporation; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company, Inc.; Gordon Gasket & Packing Co.; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Greene Tweed & Company; Henry Vogt Machine Company; Honeywell International, f/k/a Allied Signal, Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Invensys Systems, Inc.; ITT Corporation; Lockheed Martin Corporation; McJunkin Corporation; McNally Industries; Met Pro Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Nagle Pumps; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc; Perkinelmer Instruments; Rapid American Corporation; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automations, Inc.; Roper Pump Company; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA) LLC; Stockham Valves & Fittings; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; the William Powell Company; Tyco Flow Control Company, LLC; Tyco Flow Control Company, LLC; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Union Carbide Chemical & Plastics Company; Uniroyal, Inc.; Viacom, Inc.; Viking Pump Company; Vimasco Corporation; Waukesha Cherry-Burrell; and Zurn Industries, Inc.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-1518

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