CHARLESTON -- A Gibsonia, Pa., couple is suing 184 companies they came are responsible for an asbestosis and mesothelioma diagnosis.
Karl H. Lange was diagnosed with asbestosis and mesothelioma after working for the defendants throughout his working career, according to a complaint filed March 30 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Lange claims the defendants failed to warn him of the dangers of asbestos products; failed to take reasonable precautions to warn him of the dangers; failed to exercise reasonable care to warn him of the dangers; and failed to inform him of what would be safe and proper methods of handling and using asbestos-containing products.
The defendants' negligence caused Lange to suffer by exposing him to the asbestos-containing products, according to the suit.
Lange and his wife, Dorothy E, Lange, are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by David P. Chervenick, Bruce E. Mattock, Lief J. Ocheltree and Scott S. Segal.
The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.
The 184 companies named as defendants in the suit are 20th Century Glove Corporation of Texas; 4520 Corp., Inc.; Acme Brick Company; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; A.K. Steel Corporation; Alliance Machine Company; Allied Glove Corporation; American Optical Corporation; Andritz, Inc.; Armstrong International, Inc.; Ashland, Inc.; Atlas Industries, Inc.; Aurora Pump Company; Bayer Corporation; Bayer Cropscience, LP; Beazer East, Inc.; Bechtel Corporation; the Belden Brick Company, LLC; BMI Refractory Materials, Inc.; BMI Refractory Materials, Inc. c/o CT Corporation System; BNZ Materials, Inc.; Boral Bricks, Inc.; Borg-Warner Corporation; Brand Insulations, Inc.; Buffalo Pumps, Inc.; Cameron International Corporation; Cashco, Inc.; Catalytic Construction Company; CBS Corporation; Cemline Corporation; Certainteed Corporation; Chemetron Corporation; Cleaver-Brooks, Inc.; Columbia Paint Corp.; Cooper Industries, Inc.; Copes-Vulcan, Inc.; Coppus Turbines; Corbesco, Inc.; Crane Company, Inc.; Dezurik, Inc.; Dow Chemical Company; Dravo Corporation; E.E. Zimmerman Co.; Eaton Corporation; Eichleay Corporation; Eljer, Inc.; F.B. Wright Company; the Fairbanks Company; Fairbanks Morse Pump Corporation; Fairmont Supply Company; Flowserve US, Inc., and its Byron Jackson Pump Division; Flowserve US, Inc., f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation; Flowserve US, Inc., f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation as successor to Durco International and the Duriron Company; Flowserve US, Inc., f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation, as successor to Valtek International; Flsmidth Inc.; Flsmidth Dorr-Oliver Eimco, Inc.; Fluor Constructors International; FMC Corporation; Ford Motor Company; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler, LLC; Frank W. Schaefer, Inc.; Freeport Brick Company; Fuller Company; Fuzion Technologies, Inc.; the Gage Company; Gardner Denver, Inc.; General Electric Company; General Refractories Company; General Technologies, Inc.; Gentex Corporation; George V. Hamilton, Inc.; the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Greene Tweed & Co.; Grinnell Corporation; Hedman Mines, LTD; Henry Vogt Machine Co.; Hinchliffe & Keener, Inc.; Hinkel-Hoffman Supply Co.; Hoechst Celanese Chemical Group, Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; Howden Buffalo, Inc.; Hunter Sales Corporation; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; J.H. France Refractories Company; Jabo Supply Corporation; Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.; John Crane, Inc.; Joy Technologies, Inc.; Kittanning Brick Company; Lockheed Martin Corporation; M.S. Jacobs & Associates, Inc.; Magnesita Refractories; Magnetek, Inc.; Mallinckrodt, Inc.; McCann Shields Paint Company; McCarls, Inc.; McJunkin Redman Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Minnotte Contracting Corporation; Morgan Engineering Systems, Inc.; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; O.C. Keckley Company; Occidental Chemical Corporation; Oglebay Norton Company; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; P&H Mining Equipment, Inc.; Parker-Hannifin Corp.; Peerless Industries, Inc.; Pennzoil-Quaker State Company; Plotkin Brothers Supply, Inc.; Pneumo Abex Corporation; Pollock Company; Potomac Edison Company; Power Piping Company; PPG Industries, Inc.; Premier Refractories, Inc.; RCH Newco II, LLC; R.E. Kramig & Co., Inc.; Reading Crane; Redland Brick, Inc., c/o C.T. Corporation System; Redland Brick, Inc.; RHI Monofrax, LTD; Rhone-Poulenc AG Company, Inc.; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Roper Pump Company; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Safety First Industries, Inc.; the Sager Corporation; Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc.; Sauer Incorporated; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; Seco/Warwick Corporation; Shell Oil Company; Simakas Company, Inc.; S.P. Kinney Engineers, Inc.; Spirax Sarco, Inc.; SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), LLC; Sullair Corporation; Sulzer Process Pumps (US), Inc.; Sunbeam Products, Inc.; Sundyne Corporation; SVI Corporation; Swindell-Dressler International Company; Tasco Insulation, Inc.; Townsend & Bottum, Inc.; Trane U.S., Inc.; Trans-Pumps, Inc.; Trans-Pumps, Inc. of Pittsburgh; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Unifrax Corporation; Union Carbide Corporation; United Conveyor Corporation; United States Steel Corporation; Universal Refractories Corporation; Universal-Rundle Corporation; Vesuvius FA, Inc.; Viacom Inc.; Viking Pump, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Virginia Electric and Power Company; Volkswagen of America, Inc.; Waco, Inc.; Warren Pumps, Inc.; Washington Group International; Waste Management, Inc.; Watson McDaniel Company; Whiting Corporation; the William Powell Company; WTI Rust Holdings, Inc.; Yarway Corporation; the Young Group, LTD; and Zurn Industries, Inc.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-519