Millwood couple names 80 defendants in asbestos suit

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 1, 2012

CHARLESTON -- A Millwood couple is suing 80 companies they claim are responsible for a lung cancer diagnosis.

CHARLESTON -- A Millwood couple is suing 80 companies they claim are responsible for a lung cancer diagnosis.

On Jan. 15, 2010, George L. Rawson Sr. was diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a complaint filed Jan. 12 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Rawson claims he was exposed to asbestos during his career as a laborer from 1964 until 1997.

The defendants are being sued based on 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.

Rawson and his wife, Joan C. Rawson, are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. They are being represented by Victoria L. Antion, Scott A. McGee and Bronwyn I. Rinehart.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 80 companies named as defendants are A.W. Chesterton Company, Inc.; Air & Liquid Systems Corporation; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Allied Glove Corporation; American Bridge Company; Armstrong International, Inc.; Aurora Pump Company; Beazer East, Inc.; Bechtel Corporation; Borg-Warner Corporation; Catalytic Construction Company; Cleaver Brooks Company, Inc.; Columbus McKinnon Corporation; Crane Co.; Dravo Corporation; Eaton Electrical, Inc.; F.B. Wright Company; Fairmont Supply Company; Flowserve FSD Corporation; Flowserve US, Inc.; FMC Corporation; Ford Motor Company; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; Genuine Parts Company; Geo. V. Hamilton, Inc.; Gordon Gasket & Packing Co.; Goulds Pumps; Graybar Electric Company, Inc.; Grinnell, LLC; Hercules, Inc.; Honeywell International; Honeywell, Inc.; Howden North America, Inc.; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Inductotherm Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; John Crane, Inc.; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Mallinckrodt; McJunkin Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Morgan Engineering Systems, Inc.; Mueller Steam Specialty; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; P&H Mining Equipment, Inc.; Premier Refractories, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Reading Crane; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Rust International, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), LLC; Sunbeam Corporation; Swindell Dressier International Corporation; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; The Alliance Machine Company; The Gage Company; The Rust Engineering Company; The Sager Corporation; The William Powell Company; Thiem Corp.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors and Washington Group International; Viacom, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Warren Pumps, Inc.; Yarway Corporation; and Zurn Industries, LLC.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-87

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