Pa. women name 85 defendants in asbestos suit

By Kyla Asbury | Sep 21, 2010

CHARLESTON -- Two Pennsylvania women are suing 85 companies they claim are responsible for their family member's lung cancer and death.

Violent Nell Sheaffer was diagnosed with lung cancer on Aug. 22, 2008, according to a complaint filed Aug. 20 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

On March 11, Sheaffer died and Robin Rabickow and Tammy Sheaffer were named co-administratrixes of her estate, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs claim Violet Nell Sheaffer was employed by B&W from 1975 until 1981, but her ex-husband held numerous jobs throughout their marriage with the defendants, which caused her to be exposed to her husband's asbestos-ladened clothing.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by Brian A. Prim.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The defendants named in the suit are A.O. Smith Corporation; A.W. Chesterton Company; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Allied Glove Corporation; American Optical Corporation; Armstrong International, Inc.; Atlas Industries, Inc.; Beazer East, Inc.; Brand Insulations, Inc.; CBS Corporation; Cashco, Inc.; Catalytic Construction Company; Caterpillar, Inc.; Champlain Cable Corporation; Crane Co.; Crown Cork & Seal Company; Deere & Company, Inc.; Dezurik, Inc.; Dick Corporation; Dravo Corporation; Durametallic Corporation; Eaton Corporation; F.B. Wright Company; Fairmont Supply; Flowserve U.S., Inc.; FMC Corporation; Ford Motor Company; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler Corporation; General Electric Company; Gentex Corporation; George V. Hamilton, Inc.; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Greene Tweed & Company; Grinnell Corporation; Hedman Resources Limited; Honeywell, Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; Hunter Sales Corporation; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; J.H. France Refractories Company; J.M. Foster, Inc.; Joy Technologies; M.S. Jacobs & Associates, Inc.; Mack Trucks, Inc.; Mallinckrodt Group, Inc.; McCann Shields Paint Company; McCarls, Inc.; McJunkin Red Man Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Met-Pro Corporation and its Dean Pump Division; Milton Roy Company; Milwaukee Valve Company; Minnotte Contracting Corporation; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; Navistar International Corporation; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company; Ohio Valley Insulating Company; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; Plotkin Brothers Supply, LLP; Pneumo Abex LLC; Powell Valve Company; Power Piping; Premier Refractories, Inc.; Riley Stoker Corporation; Safety First Industries, Inc.; Sealite, Inc.; Spirax Sarco, Inc.; Square D Company; Stockham Valves & Fittings; Tasco Insulation, Inc.; Thiem Corporation; Treco Construction Services, Inc.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Unifrax Corporation; Union Carbide Corporation; United States Steel Corporation; Washington Group International; WMX Technologies, Inc.; and Yarway Corporation.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-1491

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