CHARLESTON -- A Collinsville, Va., couple is suing 137 companies they claim are responsible for a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Larry Issac Nolen was diagnosed with mesothelioma on Feb. 24, according to a complaint filed April 27 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Nolen claims he smoked cigarettes from 1960 until 1989, but has since quit.
The Virginia man was employed by the defendants between the 1960s and 1980s. His father was also a pipefitter in the 1950s and 1960s, according to the suit.
Nolen claims the defendants caused his mesothelioma because they failed to warn him of the dangers.
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.
Nolen and his wife, Annie B. Nolen, are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. They are being represented by Victoria Antion and Gary W. Kendall
The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.
The 137 defendants are 3M Company; 4520 Corporation, Inc.; A.O. Smith Corporation; A.W. Chesterton Company; Allegheny Energy Service Corporation; Allied Chemical Corporation; Allied Glove Corporation; American Electric Power; American Electric Power Service Corporation; Appalachian Power Company; Armstrong International, Inc.; Armstrong Pumps, Inc.; Aurora Pump Company; B.P. Oil Company; Bayer Cropscience LP; Beazer East, Inc.; Bechtel Corporation; Brand Insulations, Inc.; Air & Liquid Systems Corporation; BW IP, Inc.; Catalytic Construction Company; Certainteed Corporation; Chemtura Corporation; Cleaver-Brooks, Inc.; Copes-Vulcan; Crane Co.; Crown, Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; Dana Corporation; Dezurik, Inc.; Dominion Virginia Power; Dravo Corporation; Duke Energy Ohio, Inc.; Eaton Electrical, Inc.; El DuPont de Nemours & Co.; Exxon Mobil Corporation; F.B. Wright; Flour Corporation; 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.; Fluor Enterprises, Inc. as successor in interest to Fluor Daniel; Fluor Enterprises, Inc.; FMC Corporation; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; Gardner Denver, Inc.; General Electric Company, Inc.; General Refractories Company; Geo. V. Hamilton, Inc.; Gordon Gasket & Packing Co.; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Greene Tweed & Company; Grinnell, LLC; Hampshire Industries, Inc.; Henry Vogt Machine Company; Hercules, Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; Honeywell, Inc.; Howden North America, Inc.; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; International Paper Company; Invensys Systems, Inc.; ITT Corporation; J.H. France Refractories Company; John Crane, Inc.; Kentucky Power Company; Kunkle Industries, Inc.; Lincoln Electric Company; Lockheed Martin Corporation; McJunkin Corporation; McNally Industries; Meadwestvaco Corporation; Met Pro Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Midland-Ross Corporation; Milwaukee Valve Company; Monongahela Power Company; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; National Service Industries Venture, Inc.; Nibco, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; O.C. Keckley Company; Oakfabco, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company; Ohio Power Company; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; Pneumo Abex Corporation; Potomac Edison; Premiere Refractories, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Rheem Manufacturing Company, Inc.; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Roper Pumps Company; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Rust International, Inc.; Schneider Electric; SEPCO Corporation; Sequoia Ventures, Inc.; Shell Oil Company; Spirax Sarco, Inc.; Standard Oil Company, Inc.; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), LLC; Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation; Sun Company, Inc.; Sundyne Corporation; Sunoco, Inc.; Superior Boiler Works, Inc.; Surface Combustion, Inc.; SVI Corporation; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; the Dayton Power and Light Company; the Dow Chemical Company; the Gage Company; the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; the William Powell Company; Trane U.S. Inc.; Tyco Flow Controls, Inc.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Union Carbide Chemical & Plastics Company; Uniroyal, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors and Washington Group International; Viacom, Inc.; Viking Pump, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Warren Pumps; Watson McDaniel Company; Weil-McLain Company; Yarway Corporation; Zenith Pumps; and Zurn Industries, Inc.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-691