Weirton couple names 143 companies in asbestos suit

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 18, 2012

CHARLESTON -- A Weirton couple is suing 143 companies they claimed caused a lung injury due to asbestos exposure.

Alexander M. Colangelo was diagnosed with asbestosis and colon cancer due to asbestos exposure during his employment career, according to a complaint filed July 5 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Colangelo and his wife, Lisa Colangelo, claim he was exposed to asbestos and inhaled asbestos dust, which caused his lung injury.

The defendants conspired to suppress knowledge of the dangers of asbestos and had full knowledge of the toxic and dangerous characteristics of the asbestos products, according to the suit.

The Colangelos claims the defendants caused Alexander Colangelo to endure great pain and suffering and mental anguish.

The defendants kept the Colangelos and others ignorant of the dangers of asbestos and "aided efforts to sell products containing asbestos," according to the suit.

The Colangelos are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. They are being represented by David P. Chervenick, Bruce E. Mattock, Lee W. Davis and Scott S. Segal.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The companies named as defendants in the suit are 20th Century Glove Corporation of Texas; Air & Liquid Systems Corporation; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Alliance Machine Company; Allied Glove Corporation; American Optical Corporation; Armstrong International, Inc.; Armstrong Pumps, Inc.; Atlas Industries, Inc.; Aurora Pump Company; Beazer East, Inc.; Bechtel Corporation; Borg-Warner Corporation; Cameron International Corporation; Cashco, Inc.; Catalytic Construction Company; Certainteed Corporation; Cleaver-Brooks, Inc.; Columbia Paint Corp.; Columbus McKinnon Corporation; Cooper Industries, Inc.; Copes-Vulcan, Inc.; Crane Company, Inc.; Dana Corporation; Dezurik, Inc.; Dravo Corporation; Eaton Corporation; Eichleay Corporation; F.B. Wright Company; the Fairbanks Company; Fairmont Supply Company; Flowserve U.S., Inc.; Flowserve U.S., Inc. f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation f/k/a Durametallic Corp.; Flowserve U.S., Inc. f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation, as Successor to Durco International and the Duriron Company; Flowserve U.S., Inc. f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation, as Successor to Edward Valves, Inc. and Edward Vogt Valve Company; Flowserve U.S., Inc. f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation, as Successor to Valtek International; Flsmidth Inc.; Flsmidth Dorr-Oliver Eimco, Inc.; Flsmidth Salt Lake City, Inc.; Fluor Constructors International a/k/a Fluor Corporation; Fluor Constructors International, Inc.; Fluor Corporation; Fluor Enterprises, Inc.; Ford Motor Company; Foseco, Inc.; Foster Wheeler, LLC; the Gage Company; Gardner Denver, Inc.; General Electric Company; General Refractories Company; Genuine Parts Company; George V. Hamilton, Inc.; the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Greene Tweed & Co.; Grinnell LLC; Hedman Mines, Ltd.; Hinchliffe & Keener, Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; Howden North America, Inc.; I.U. North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Industrial Rubber Products; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insul Company, Inc.; ITT Corporation; J.H. France Refractories Company; Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.; John Crane, Inc.; Joy Technologies, Inc.; Katy Industries, Inc.; M.S. Jacobs & Associates, Inc.; Magnetek, Inc.; Mallinckrodt LLC; McCann Shields Paint Company; McCarls, Inc.; McJunkin Redman Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Minnotte Contracting Corporation; Mobil Corporation; Morgan Engineering Systems, Inc.; Moyno, Inc.; Mueller Steam Specialty; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; Nibco, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Oglebay Norton Company; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; P&H Mining Equipment, Inc.; Parker-Hannifin Corp.; Parker-Hannifin Corporation; Peerless Industries, Inc.; Plotkin Brothers Supply, LLP; Pneumo Abex Corporation; Power Piping Company; Premier Refractories, Inc.; Reading Crane; Riley Power, Inc.; Robinson Fans, Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Safety First Industries, Inc.; the Sager Corporation; Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; Seco/Warwick Corporation; Spirax Sarco, Inc.; SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.; SPX Corporation; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), LLC; Sullair Corporation; Sunbeam Products, Inc.; Sundyne Corporation; SVI Corporation; Taco, Inc.; Tasco Insulation, Inc.; Trane U.S., Inc.; Trans-Pumps, Inc.; Trans-Pumps, Inc. of Pittsburgh; U.B. West Virginia, Inc.; UEFC, Inc.; UFIN, Inc.; Unifrax Corporation; United Rolls, Inc.; United States Steel Corporation; Universal Refractories Corporation; Viacom Inc.; Viking Pump, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Warren Pumps, Inc.; Washington Group International; Watson McDaniel Company; Weil-McLain Company; Westinghouse Airbrake and/or Wabco; Whiting Corporation; Willard Hacerman; the William Powell Company; WT/HRC Corporation; Yarway Corporation; and Zurn Industries, LLC.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-1251

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