CHARLESTON -- Two individuals have named 82 companies as defendants in an asbestos suit.
Willie Oliver Reed was diagnosed with asbestosis and died Nov. 12, 2009, according to a complaint filed Nov. 10 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Rick Reed and Ruth Reed, co-executors of the Estate of Willie Oliver Reed, claim the 82 defendants are responsible for his lung disease and death.
The defendants are being sued upon the 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.
Rick Reed and Ruth Reed are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. They are being represented by Bronwyn I. Rinehart.
The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.
The 82 defendants include 3M Company; A.W. Chesterton Company; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Allied Glove Corporation; Alloy Cast Steel Company; Amchem Products, Inc.; Aurora Pump Company; Beazer East, Inc.; Borg Warner Corporation; Brand Insulations, Inc.; Bucyrus International, Inc.; Buffalo Pumps, Inc.; BW IP, Inc.; Certainteed Corporation; Cincinnati Gasket Packing & Manufacturing; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Crane Co.; Crown, Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; CSR, Limited; Dezurik, Inc.; Durabla Manufacturing Company; Eaton Corporation; Elliott Turbomachinery, Inc.; F.B. Wright Company; Flowserve Inc.; Flowserve US, Inc.; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; General Refractories Company; George V. Hamilton, Inc.; Gordon Gasket & Packing Co.; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Graybar Electric Company, Inc.; Grinnell Corporation; Honeywell International; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll Rand Co.; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; J.H. France Refractories Company; John Crane, Inc.; Lockheed Martin Corporation; McJunkin Corporation; McNally Industries; Melrath Supply and Gasket Company; Met-Pro Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; National Service Industries Ventures, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Oakfabco, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company; Ohio Valley Insulation Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; P&H Mining Equipment; Pneumo-Abex Corporation; Premiere Refractories, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; State Electric Supply Company; Stockham Valves & Fittings; Tasco Insulation, Inc.; the Gage Company; the William Powell Company; Thiem Corporation; Trecco Construction Services, Inc.; Tyco Flow Control Company LLC a/k/a Crosby Valve, Inc.; Tyco Flow Control Company LLC a/k/a Lunkenheimer Valves; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Uniroyal, Inc.; United Conveyor Corporation; United Engineers & Constructors, Inc.; Viacom, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Warren Pumps, Inc.; Weil-McLain Company; West Virginia State Electric Supply; and Zurn Industries, Inc.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-2027