Buffalo woman names 53 defendants in asbestos case

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 1, 2012

CHARLESTON -- A Buffalo woman is suing 53 companies she claims are responsible for her husband's lung cancer and death.

On Sept. 2, 2011, James Reilly was diagnosed with lung cancer, from which he died on April 27, according to a complaint filed July 17 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Lillian Reilly claims he was exposed to asbestos during his employment as a welder and millwright from 1965 until 1997.

The defendants failed to warn James Reilly about the dangers of asbestos, according to the suit.

Lillian Reilly claims the defendants also failed to supply James Reilly with proper apparel to wear while handling asbestos.

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.

Lillian Reilly is seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. She is being represented by Thomas P. Maroney and Victoria L. Antion.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 53 companies named as defendants are A.W. Chesterton Company; Air & Liquid Systems Corporation; Armstrong International, Inc.; Aurora Pump Company; Copes-Vulcan, Inc.; Crane Co.; Dravo Corporation; Eaton Electrical, Inc.; Flowserve U.S., Inc. f/k/a Durco International, Inc.; Flowserve U.S., Inc. f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation; FMC Corporation; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Grinnell, LLC; Hercules, Inc.; Honeywell, Inc.; Howden North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Inductotherm Industries, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; ITT Corporation; Joy Technologies, Inc.; Lockheed Martin Corporation; McJunkin Corporation; Morgan Engineering Systems, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; P&H Mining Equipment, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Reading Crane and Engineering Company; Riley Power, Inc.; Rust Constructors, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Rust International, Inc.; Schneider Electric USA, Inc.; State Electric Supply Company; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), LLC; Sunbeam Corporation; Surface Combustion, Inc.; Swindell Dressier International Corporation; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; The Alliance Machine Company; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Uniroyal, Inc.; United Engineers & Constructors and Washington Group International; Viacom, Inc.; Viking Pump, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; West Virginia Electric Supply Company; Yarway Corporation; and Zurn Industries, Inc.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-1382

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