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Walker couple names 114 defendants in asbestos suit

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 14, 2012

CHARLESTON -- A Walker, W.Va., couple is suing 114 companies they claim are responsible for a lung cancer diagnosis.

In January, James L. Van Camp Sr. was diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a complaint filed May 21 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Van Camp and his wife, Carol Sue Van Camp claim the 114 defendants exposed him to asbestos during his career as an insulator from 1954 until 1996.

The defendants are being sued based on 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.

The Van Camps are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. They are being represented by Craig E. Coleman.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 114 companies named as defendants are A.W. Chesterton Company; Air & Liquid Systems Corporation; Allied Corporation; Wyeth Holdings Corporation; American Electric Power; American Electric Power Service Corporation; Appalachian Power Company; Aristech Chemical Corporation; A.K. Steel Corporation; Ashland Oil, Inc.; Aurora Pump Company; B.F. Goodrich Company; Bayer Corporation; Bayer Cropscience LP; Beazer East, Inc.; 4520 Corporation, Inc.; Borg-Warner Corporation; Brand Insulations, Inc.; BW IP, Inc.; Cameron International Corporation; Catalytic Construction Company; Certainteed Corporation; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Columbus McKinnon Corporation; Crane Co.; Crown Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; Dezurik, Inc.; The Dow Chemical Company; E. I. Dupont De Nemours and Company; Eaton Corporation; Elkem Metals, Inc.; Elkem Metals Company – Alloy, LP; Elkem Materials, Inc.; Elkem Chemicals, Inc.; FB Wright Company; Fisher Controls International, Inc.; Flowserve US, Inc. f/k/a Durco International, Inc.; Flowserve US, Inc., individually and as successor-in-interest to Durametallic Corp.; FMC Corporation; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; Geo. V. Hamilton, Inc.; Georgia Pacific Corporation; Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Gordon Gasket & Packing Co.; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Greene Tweed & Company; Grinnell, LLC; Hedman Resources Limited; Honeywell International; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; John Crane, Inc.; Joy Technologies, Inc.; Kentucky Power Company; Lockheed Martin Corporation; 3M Company; McCann Shields Paint Company; McJunkin Corporation; McNally Industries; Met Pro Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Meuller Steam Specialty; Monongahela Power Company; Monsanto Company; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; National Service Industries Venture, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Occidental Chemical Corporation; Oglebay Norton Company and its division Ferro Engineering; Ohio Power Company; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; Pneumo Abex Corporation; Rapid American Corporation; Reading Crane; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automations, Inc.; Roper Pump Company; Schneider Electrical USA, Inc.; Shell Chemical Company; Spirax Sarco, Inc.; State Electric Supply Company; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), LLC; Stockham Valves & Fittings; Sunbeam Corporation; Superior Boiler Works, Inc.; Surface Combustion, Inc.; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; The Gorman-Rupp Company; The William Powell Company; Thiem Corporation; Trane U.S. Inc.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Union Carbide Corporation; Uniroyal, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors and Washington Group International; United States Steel Corporation, LLC; Viacom, Inc.; Viking Pump, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Virginia Electric and Power Company; Warren Pumps, Inc.; Weil-McLain Company; Westvaco Corporation; West Virginia Electric Supply Company; Yarway Corporation; Zenith Pumps; and Zurn Industries, Inc.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-933

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