CHARLESTON -– A Parkersburg man and his wife are suing 80 companies after they claim they are responsible for his lung cancer.
On Sept. 16, William Darrell Adkins was diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a complaint filed Jan. 12 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Adkins claims he smoked from 1937 until 1968, but has not smoked since. He claims he was employed by Columbia Gas from 1948 until 1990.
The defendants are being sued upon theories of negligence, contaminated buildings, breach of expressed/implied warranty, strict liability, intentional tort, conspiracy, misrepresentation and post-sale duty to warn, according to the suit.
Adkins and his wife, Anna Adkins, are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. They are being represented by Victoria Antion and Bronwyn I. Rinehart.
The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.
The 80 defendants in the suit are 3M Company; A.W. Chesterton Company; Aurora Pump Company; Borg-Warner Corporation; Buffalo Pumps, Inc.; BW IP, Inc.; Caterpillar, Inc.; Certainteed Corporation; Chevron U.S.A., Inc.; Chicago Pump Company; Clark Equipment Company; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc.; Copes-Vulcan, Inc.; Crane Company; Crown, Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; DeZurik, Inc.; Eaton Electrical, Inc.; Elliott Company; ExxonMobil Oil Corporation; F.B. Wright Company; Fairmont Supply Company; Flowserve US Inc., a/k/a Nordstrom Valves; Flowserve US, Inc. f/k/a Durco International, Inc.; Flowserve US, Inc. f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation f/k/a Durametallic Corp.; FMC Corporation; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; G. V. Hamilton, Inc. a/k/a George V. Hamilton Company; General Electric Company, Inc.; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Greene Tweed & Company; Henry Vogt Machine Company; Honeywell International f/k/a Allied Signal, Inc., f/k/a Allied Corporation; Honeywell International, Inc.; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Invensys Systems, Inc.; ITT Corporation; John Crane, Inc.; Kelsey-Hayes Company; Lockheed Martin Corporation; McJunkin Corporation; McNally Industries; Met Pro Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Mountaineer Gas Company; Nacco Materials Handling Group, Inc.; Nagle Pumps; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; Pneumo Abex Corp.; Rapid American Corporation; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automations, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust International, Inc.; Roper Pump Company; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA) LLC; Stockham Valves & Fittings; Spirax Sarco, Inc.; Sundyne Corporation; Taco, Inc.; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; the William Powell Company; Tyco Flow Control Company, LLC; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Uniroyal, Inc.; Viacom, Inc.; Viking Pump Company; Vimasco Corporation; Warren Pumps, Inc.; Waukesha Pumps; Yale Materials Handling Corporation; and Zurn Industries, Inc.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-59