CHARLESTON -- A woman is suing 62 companies she claims are responsible for her father's death.
On Jan. 7, 2010, Carl Richard Butler Sr. was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, from which he died on April 18, 2011, according to a complaint filed Dec. 30, 2011 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Deidra G. Hill claims the defendants exposed her father to asbestos and/or asbestos-containing products during his career as a machinist, laborer and pipefitter.
The defendants knew or should have known of the dangers of asbestos and failed to warn Butler, according to the suit.
Hill is seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. She is being represented by James A. McKowen and Bronwyn I. Rinehart.
The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.
The 62 defendants named in the suit are A.W. Chesterton Company; Allied Chemical Corporation; Armstrong International, Inc.; Aurora Pump Company; Brand Insulations, Inc.; BWIP, Inc.; Catalytic Construction Company; Certainteed Corporation; Chicago Pump Company; Cleaver-Brooks, Inc.; Columbus McKinnon Corporation; Crane Co.; Crown Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; Dezurik, Inc.; Dravo Corporation; Flowserve FSD Corporation; Flowserve US, Inc.; FMC Corporation; Foseco, Inc.; Gordon Gasket & Packing; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Greene Tweed & Company; Grinnell, LLC; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Industrial Supply Solutions; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; Kentucky Power Company; Lockheed Martin Corporation; McJunkin Corporation; Morgan Engineering Systems, Inc.; Mueller Steam Specialty; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Pneumo Abex Corporation; Premiere Refractories, Inc.; Reading Crane; Riley Power, Inc.; Roper Pump Company; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; Spirax Sarco, Inc.; State Electric Supply; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), LLC; the Alliance Machine Company; the F.D. Lawrence Electric Company; the William Powell Company; UB West Virginia, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors; Viking Pump, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Warren Pumps, Inc.; West Virginia Electric Supply; WT/HRC Corporation; Yarway Corporation; and Zurn Industries, Inc.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-2327