Colorado man sues 138 companies for mesothelioma

By Kyla Asbury | Sep 27, 2011

CHARLESTON -- A Colorado Springs man is suing 138 companies that he claims are responsible for his diagnosis of mesothelioma.

On March 24, Jerry Henderson was diagnosed with mesothelioma, according to a complaint filed Sept. 6 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Henderson claims he never smoked and was exposed to asbestos during his employment career from 1954 until 1979.

The defendants caused Henderson to be exposed to asbestos and/or asbestos containing products during his career as a laborer and electrician, according to the suit.

Henderson claims the defendants knew or should have known of the dangers of asbestos.

The defendants are being sued based 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.

Henderson is seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. He is being represented by Victoria Antion, Scott A. McGee, Anne McGinness Kearse and Joseph D. McMullen.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 138 defendants named in the suite are 3M Company; 4520 Corporation, Inc.; A.O. Smith Corporation; A.W. Chesterton Company; Akzo Nobel Paints, LLC; Allegheny Energy Service Corporation; Allegheny Electric Company; Allegheny Power Systems; Amatek, Inc.; Appleton Electric, LLC; Armstrong International, Inc.; Armstrong Pumps, Inc.; Atlantic Richfield Company; Aurora Pump Company; Baltimore Aircoil Company, Inc.; Beazer East, Inc.; Brand Insulations, Inc.; Buffalo Pumps; Catalytic Construction Company; Cattrell Companies, Inc.; Certainteed Corporation; Champlain Cable Company; Chevron U.S.A., Inc.; Cleaver-Brooks, Inc.; CNA Holdings, Inc.; Columbia Chemical Company; Cooper Industries, Inc.; Copes-Vulcan; Crane Co.; Crown, Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; Denver Water Association; Dezurik, Inc.; Dravo Corporation; Dunham-Bush, Inc.; E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Company; Eastman Kodak Company; Eaton Corporation; Eaton Electrical, Inc.; Emerson Industrial Automation; Evets Electric, Inc.; Fairmont Supply Company; F.B. Wright; F.B. Wright of Pittsburgh; Flour Corporation; Flowserve U.S., Inc. and its Byron Jackson Pump Division; Flowserve US, Inc. f/k/a Durco International, Inc.; Flowserve US, Inc. f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation; Fluor Enterprises, Inc.; FMC Corporation; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Cable Industries, Inc.; General Cable Technologies Corporation; General Electric Company, Inc.; General Refractories Company; Geo. V. Hamilton, Inc.; Goulds Electronic; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Graybar Electric Company, Inc.; Grinnell Corporation; Hercules, Inc.; Honeywell International; Hubbell Lighting, Inc., individually and as successor-in-interest to Prescolite, Inc.; Hubbell Lighting, Inc., individually and as successor-in-interest to Killark Electrical Manufacturing Company; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; ITT Corporation; John Crane, Inc.; Lewis Peter Plumbing & Heating; Lightolier Incorporated; Lockheed Martin Corporation; McJunkin Corporation; Milwaukee Valve Company; Mueller Steam Specialty; National Service Industries Venture, Inc.; Nibco, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Occidental Chemical Corporation; O.C. Keckley Company; Oakfabco, Inc.; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; Peerless Boilers Company; Peerless Pumps; Penn Electric Company, Inc.; Plastics Engineering Company; Pneumo Abex Corporation; PPG; Premiere Refractories, Inc.; PSEG (Public Service Electric and Gas); R. E. Powell Plumbing and Heating, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Rogers Corporation; RSCC Wire & Cable, Inc.; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Rust International, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.; Smith Cast Iron Boilers, successor-in-interest to H.B. Smith Boiler Company; Spirax Sarco, Inc.; SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.; State Electric; Square D Company; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), LLC; Surface Combustion, Inc.; Taco, Inc.; TAMKO Roofing Products; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; Taylored Industries, Inc.; the Gage Company; the Gorman-Rupp Company; the Huffman — Wolfe Company; the Okonite Company, Inc.; Trane U.S., Inc.; U. S. Steel Corporation; U.S. Steel; U.S. Steel Corp.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors, Inc.; Vellumoid, Inc.; Viacom, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Virginia Electric Power Company; Warren Pumps; Washington Group International; Watson McDaniel Company; Weil-McLain Company; West Penn Power Company; West Virginia Electric Supply; White Consolidated Industries, Inc.; Wilsonart International, Inc.; WMX Technologies, Inc.; Wyeth Holdings Corporation; Yarway Corporation; and Zurn Industries, Inc.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1536

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