Ky. couple names 42 in asbestos suit

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 16, 2012

CHARLESTON -- A Raceland, Ky., couple is suing 42 companies they claim are responsible for a lung cancer diagnosis.

CHARLESTON -- A Raceland, Ky., couple is suing 42 companies they claim are responsible for a lung cancer diagnosis.

On July 20, 2011, Lawrence Edward Miller was diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a complaint filed June 27 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Miller and his wife, Clara Faye Miller, claim the defendants exposed him to asbestos during his employment as a laborer and shipper from 1947 until 1993.

The defendants are being sued based on theories of negligence, contaminated buildings, breach of expressed/implied warrant, strict liability, intentional tort, conspiracy, misrepresentations and post-sale duty to warn, according to the suit.

The Millers are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. They are being represented by Bronwyn I. Rinehart, Victoria L. Antion and Scott A. McGee.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The companies named as defendants in the suit are A.K. Steel Corporation; A.W. Chesterton Company; CBS Corporation; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Columbus McKinnon Corporation; Crane Co.; Dravo Corporation; Eaton Corporation; Elliott Company; Flowserve Corporation; Flowserve f/k/a The Duriron Company, Inc.; FMC Corporation; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Grinnell, LLC; Hercules, Inc.; Honeywell International; Howden North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; McJunkin Red Man Corporation; Morgan Engineering, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Premier Refractories, Inc.; Riley Power, Inc.; Rockwell Automations, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; State Electric Supply Company; Sterling Fluid Systems (US) LLC; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; The F.D. Lawrence Electric Company; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Uniroyal, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors and Washington Group International; Vimasco Corporation; and West Virginia Electric Supply Company.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-1205

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