CHARLESTON -- A West Hamlin couple is suing 46 companies they claim caused an asbestos exposure that resulted in a lung cancer diagnosis.

On April 13, 2010, Glen "Judy" Pritchard was diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a complaint filed Aug. 9 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Pritchard claims he was exposed to asbestos during his employment as a laborer, mechanic and construction worker from 1974 to the present.

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.

Pritchard and his wife, Ellen V. Pritchard, are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issued involved. They are being represented by Victoria L. Antion.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 46 companies named as defendants in the suit are 3M Company; A.O. Smith Corporation; A.W. Chesterton Company; BeazerEast, Inc.; Borg-Warner Corporation; Captain D's,LLC; Carrier Corporation; Certainteed Corporation; Cleaver-Brooks, Inc.; Crane Co.; Eaton Electrical, Inc.; Ford Motor Company; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company, Inc.; Genuine Parts Company; Georgia Pacific Corporation; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Honeywell International; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Kelsey-Hayes Company; Lennox Industries, Inc.; Lowe's Home Centers, Inc.; Maremont Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; O.C. Keckley Company; Oakfabco, Inc.; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Pneumo Abex Corporation; Rheem Manufacturing Company; Riley Power Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Schneider Electric; Shoney's North America Corp.; State Electric Supply Company; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; Trane U.S. Inc.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Union Carbide Chemical & Plastics Company; Uniroyal, Inc.; Viacom, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Weil-McLain Company; West Virginia Electric Supply Company; and Zurn Industries, Inc.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1320

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