Woman names 81 companies in complaint over father's lung cancer, death

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 27, 2011

CHARLESTON -- A Weirton woman is suing 81 companies after she claims they are responsible for her father's lung cancer and death.

CHARLESTON -- A Weirton woman is suing 81 companies after she claims they are responsible for her father's lung cancer and death.

On July 8, 2009, Frederick Lee Dotson was diagnosed with lung cancer, of which he died from two days later, according to a complaint filed June 16 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Gina M. Pastors, Dotson's daughter, claims her father was employed by the defendants from 1955 until 1977 as a laborer and was exposed to asbestos during that employment.

The defendants are being sued upon 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.

Pastors is seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues. She is being represented by Victoria L. Antion, Scott A. McGee, John D. Hurst and Bronwyn I. Rinehart.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 81 defendants named in the suit are A.O. Smith Corporation; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Allied Glove Corporation; Aurora Pump Company; Baltimore Aircoil Company; Beazer East, Inc.; Bechtel Corporation; Brand Insulations, Inc.; BW IP, Inc.; Catalytic Construction Company; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Columbus McKinnon Corporation; Consolidated Aluminum Corporation; Crane Co.; Crown Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; Dravo Corporation; Eaton Electrical, Inc.; EI DuPont de Nemours & Co.; F.B. Wright Company; Flour Corporation; Flowserve FSD Corporation; Flowserve US, Inc.; Fluor Enterprises, Inc.; FMC Corporation; Fosceo, Inc.; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; George V. Hamilton, Inc.; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Greene Tweed & Company; Grinnell, LLC; Hercules, Inc.; Honeywell International; IMO Industries, Inc.; Inductotherm Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; J.H. France Refractories; Joy Technologies, Inc.; Lockheed Martin Corporation; McJunkin Red Man Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Morgan Engineering, Inc.; Nagle Pumps; National Service Industries Venture, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company, and its division Ferro Engineering; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; P&H Mining Equipment, Inc.; Pneumo Abex Corp.; Premier Refractories, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Reading Crane; Riley Power Inc.; Rockwell Automations, Inc.; Roper Pump Company; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; State Electric Supply Company; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA) LLC; Sunbeam Corporation; Surface Combustion Industries, Inc.; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; The Alliance Machine Company; The Dow Chemical Company; The Manitowoc Company, Inc.; The William Powell Company; Thiem Corp.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Union Carbide Chemical & Plastics Company; United Engineers & Constructors and Washington Group International; Viacom, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; West Virginia State Electric Supply Company; WT/HRC Corporation/Whiting Corporation; Yarway Corporation; and Zurn Industries, LLC.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1000

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