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Ravenswood couple names 69 defendants in asbestos case

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 14, 2011

CHARLESTON -- A Ravenswood couple is suing 69 companies they claim are responsible for a lung cancer diagnosis.

On Oct. 19, Marcine Law was diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a complaint filed Nov. 15 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Law and his wife, Mary Law, claim the 69 defendants are responsible for the lung cancer because the defendants failed to warn them of the dangers of asbestos exposure.

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.

The Laws are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. They are being represented by Thomas P. Maroney and Victoria Antion.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 69 defendants named in the suit are A.W. Chesterton Company; Atlas Industries, Inc.; Aurora Pump Company; BWIP, Inc.; Catalytic Construction Company; Caterpillar, Inc.; Clark Equipment Company; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Columbus McKinnon Corporation; Copes-Vulcan, Inc.; Crane Company; Crown, Cork & Seal Co., Inc.; DeZurik, Inc.; Dravo Corporation; Eaton Electrical, Inc.; F.B. Wright Company; Flowserve US, Inc. F/K/A Durco International, Inc.; Flowserve US, Inc. F/K/A Flowserve FSD Corporation; FMC Corporation; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; George V. Hamilton, Inc.; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Grinnell Corporation; Hercules, Inc.; Honeywell International F/K/A Allied Signal, Inc.; Honeywell, Inc.; Howden Buffalo, Inc.; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Inductotherm Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; ITT Corporation; Joy Technologies, Inc.; Lockheed Martin Corporation; McJunkin Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Morgan Engineering Systems; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; P&H Mining Equipment, Inc.; Pettibone/Traverse Lift, LLC; Pneumo Abex Corporation; PPG Industries, Inc.; Premier Refractories, Inc.; Reading Crane and Engineering Company; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; State Electric Supply Company; Sterling Fluid Systems, LLC; Sunbeam Corporation; Surface Combustion, Inc.; Swindell Dressler International Company; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; the Alliance Machine Company; the Gage Company; UB West Virginia, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors and Washington Group International; Viacom, Inc.; Viking Pump, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; West Virginia Electric Supply; Yale Materials Handling Corporation; Yarway Corporation; and Zurn Industries, Inc.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-2028

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