CHARLESTON -- A Chesapeake, Ohio, couple is suing 95 companies they claim are responsible for an asbestosis bilateral diagnosis.
On March 28, 2010, Glen Roy Jones was diagnosed with asbestosis bilateral, according to a complaint filed March 26 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Jones claims he was employed by A.C.F. Industries as a laborer, material inspector, fork lift operator, truck driver and storeroom attendant from 1963 until 1986.
The defendants failed to inform Jones of the dangers of being exposed to asbestos, according to the suit.
Jones claims the defendants also failed to provide him with safety apparel to wear when working with asbestos and/or asbestos-containing products.
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.
Jones and his wife, Florence Jones, are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues. They are being represented by Bronwyn I. Rinehart.
The 95 companies named as defendants in the suit are 3M Company; A.C.F. Industries, LLC; A.W. Chesterton Company; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Amdura Corporation; Derrick Company; Aurora Pump Company; Borg-Warner Corporation; CBS Corporation; Catalytic Construction Company; Caterpiller, Inc.; Certainteed Corporation; Clark Equipment Company; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Columbus McKinnon Corporation; Copes-Vulcan, Inc.; Crane Company; Crane Pumps & Systems, Inc.; Crown, Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; Dezurick; Dravo Corporation; Durabla Manufacturing Company; Eaton Corporation; Fairmont Supply Company; F.B. Wright Company; Flowserve Corporation f/k/a the Duriron Company; Flowserve Corporation as Successor-in-Interest to Durametallic Corporation; FMC Corporation; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; General Refractories Company; Genuine Parts Company; Georgia-Pacific LLC; Geo. V. Hamilton, Inc.; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Grinnell LLC; Honeywell International f/k/a Allied Signal, Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; I.U. North America, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; FMC Corporation; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; J.H. France Refractories Company; John Crane, Inc.; Kelsey-Hayes Company; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Manitowoc Cranes, Inc.; McJunkin Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Mine Safety Appliances Company; Morgan Engineering, Inc.; Nacco Materials Handling Group, Inc.; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; Navistar, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Oakfabco, Inc.; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Peerless Pumps; Pettibone/Traverse Lift, LLC; Pneumo Abex LLC; Premiere Refractories, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Reading Crane and Engineering Company; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Roper Pump Company; Ross Brothers Construction Co.; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Rust International, Inc.; Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc.; Schneider Electric; Shell Oil Company; State Electric Supply Company; Sterling Fluid Systems (US) LLC; Swindell Dressler International Corporation; SVI Corporation; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; The Alliance Machine Company; Thiem Corp.; Toyota Material Handling, USA, Inc.; U.B. West Virginia, Inc.; Union Carbide Chemical and Plastics Company, Inc.; Uniroyal, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors and Washington Group International; Vimasco Corporation; Westinghouse Air Brake Division of Trane U.S., Inc.; West Virginia Electric Supply Company; Western Auto Supply Company; Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.; Yarway Corporation; and Zurn Industries, LLC.
The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-533