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Ky. couple names 124 defendants in asbestos suit

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 9, 2013


CHARLESTON – An Owensboro, Ky. couple is suing 124 companies they claim are responsible for lung injuries.

Clarence Robert Nelson was diagnosed with asbestosis and mesothelioma, according to a complaint filed Jan. 3 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Nelson and his wife, Isabell S. Nelson, claim the defendants are responsible for the diagnoses.

The defendants failed to warn the Nelsons of the dangers of asbestos products and failed to exercise reasonable care to warn Clarence Nelson of the dangers of being exposed to asbestos-containing products, according to the suit.

The Nelsons claim the defendants also failed to test the asbestos-containing products in order to ascertain the dangers involved and failed to test the other ingredients of their products to ascertain the dangers involved.

As a result of the defendants’ negligence, Clarence Nelson has suffered damages from medical treatment, drugs and other unknown medical measures; great pain of body and mind; embarrassment and inconvenience; loss of earning capacity; loss of enjoyment of life; and shortening of his life expectancy, according to the suit.

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

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 124 defendants named in the suit are Air & Liquid Systems Corporation; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Allied Glove Corporation; American Biltrite, Inc.; Ametek, Inc.; Armstrong International, Inc.; Armstrong Pumps, Inc.; Aurora Pump Company; Baltimore Aircoil Company; Borg-Warner Corporation; Brand Insulations, Inc.; Cameron International Corporation; Carver Pump Company; Cashco, Inc.; Catalytic Construction Company; CBS Corporation; Certainteed Corporation; Chevron U.S.A., Inc.; Cleaver-Brooks, Inc.; Columbia Paint Corp.; Columbus McKinnon Corporation; Cooper Industries, Inc.; Copes-Vulcan, Inc.; Crane Company, Inc.; Crown Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; CSR, Inc.; Dana Corporation; Dezurik, Inc.; Dravo Corporation; Eaton Corporation; Eichleay Corporation; F.B. Wright Company of Pittsburgh; the Fairbanks Company; Fairmont Supply Company; Flowserve U.S., Inc. and its Byron Jackson Pump Division; Flowserve U.S., Inc., f/k/a Flowserve FSD Corporation; 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 Valtek International; Fluor Constructors International a/k/a Fluor Corporation; Fluor Constructors International, Inc.; Fluor Corporation; Fluor Enterprises, Inc.; FMC Corporation; Foster Wheeler, LLC; the Gage Company; Gardner Denver, Inc.; General Electric Company; General Refractories Company; Gentex Corporation; Georgia-Pacific Corporation; the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; Greene Tweed & Co.; Grinnell, LLC; Hinchliffe & Keener, Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; Howden North America, Inc.; IU North America, Inc.; IMO Industries, Inc.; Inductotherm Corp.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Industrial Rubber Products; Ingersoll-Rand Company; ITT Corporation; J.H. France Refractories Company; J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc.; Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.; Joy Technologies, Inc.; Joy Technologies, Inc. a/k/a and as successor-in-interest to Joy Mining Machinery; Lennox Industries, Inc.; Lindberg; Louden Crane Corporation; M.S. Jacobs & Associates, Inc.; Magnetek, Inc.; McJunkin Redman Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Minnotte Contracting Corporation; Morgan Engineering Systems, Inc.; Mueller Steam Specialty; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; P&H Mining Equipment, Inc.; Pecora Corporation; Pneumo Abex Corporation; Power Piping Company; Premier Refractories, Inc.; Reading Crane; Riley Power, Inc.; Robinson Fans, Inc.; Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Rust International Corp.; 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.; State Electric Supply Company; Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), LLC; Sullair Corporation; Sunbeam Products, Inc.; Sundyne Corporation; Surface Combustion; SVI Corporation; Swindell-Dressler International Company; Tasco Insulation, Inc.; Textron, Inc.; Trane U.S., Inc.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Union Carbide Corporation; Velan Valve Corporation; Viking Pump, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; Warren Pumps, Inc.; Washington Group International; Weil McLain Company; Welco Manufacturing Company; West Virginia Electric Supply Company; the William Powell Company; Yarway Corporation; and Zurn Industries, LLC.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 13-C-6

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