CHARLESTON -- A Greenup, Ky., woman is suing 105 companies that she claims are responsible for her late husband's esophageal cancer and death.
On May 7, 2010, Henry H. Bowling was diagnosed with esophageal cancer of which he died from on Oct. 21, 2010, according to a complaint filed Oct. 21 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Patricia B. Bowling claims the 105 defendants exposed her husband to asbestos and/or asbestos-containing products during his career as a laborer and crane operator at Armco Steel from 1968 until 1996.
The defendants are being sued based 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.
Mrs. Bowling is seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. She is being represented by Bronwyn I. Rinehart.
The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.
The 105 defendants named in the suite are 3M Company; 4520 Corporation, Inc.; A.K. Steel Corporation; A.W. Chesterton Company; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Aker Kvaerner, Inc.; Amdura Corporation; Aurora Pump Company; Borg-Warner Corporation; Brand Insulations, Inc.; BWIP, Inc.; Bucyrus International, Inc.; Buffalo Pumps, Inc.; Caterpillar, Inc.; Certainteed Corporation; Clark Equipment Company; Cleaver Brooks Company, Inc.; Columbus McKinnon Corporation; Copes-Vulcan, Inc.; Crane Company; Crown, Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; Dezurik, Inc.; Dow Chemical Company; Dravo Corporation; Durabla Manufacturing Company; Eaton Electrical, Inc.; Fairmont Supply Company; F.B. Wright Company; Flowserve US, Inc. f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation f/k/a Durametallic Corp.; Flowserve US, Inc. f/k/a Durco International, Inc.; FMC Corporation; Ford Motor Company; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; Gardner Denver, Inc.; General Electric Company, Inc.; General Refractories Company; Geoge V. Hamilton, Inc.; Georgia Pacific; the Gorman-Rupp Company; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Grinnell Corporation; Honeywell International f/k/a Allied Signal, Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Inductotherm Industries, Inc.; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; J.H. France Refractories; Joy Technologies, Inc.; Kelsey-Hayes Company; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Manitowoc Cranes, Inc.; McJunkin Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Morgan Engineering Systems, Inc.; Mueller Steam Specialty; NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc.; Nagle Pumps; Navistar, Inc.; National Service Industries, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Oakfabco, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company and its division Ferro Engineering; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Peerless Pumps; Pneumo Abex Corporation; Premier Refractories, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Reading Crane and Engineering Company; Rhone-Poulenc AG Company; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Ross Brothers Construction Co.; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; State Electric Supply Company; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA); Stockham Valves & Fittings; Sundyne Corporation; Superior Boiler Works, Inc.; Taco, Inc.; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; the F.D. Lawrence Electric Company; Thiem Corp.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Union Carbide Chemical & Plastics Company; Uniroyal Holdings, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors, Inc.; Viacom, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Warren Pumps, Inc.; Weil-McLain Company; West Virginia State Electric Supply; Westinghouse Air Brake Division of Trane U.S., Inc.; Westinghouse Air Brake and/or Wabco; WT/HRC Corporation; Washington Group International; Yale Materials Handling Corporation; Yarway Corporation; and Zurn Industries, Inc.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1884