CHARLESTON – A Proctorville, Ohio, couple are suing 29 companies they claim are responsible for a lung cancer diagnosis.
On March 4, 2011, Jerry Dee Hall was diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a complaint filed Feb. 15 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Hall and his wife, Karen Gay Hall, claim the 29 defendants are responsible for the lung cancer because they exposed him to asbestos and/or asbestos-containing products during his career as a mechanic, laborer and operator from 1964 until 1993.
Jerry Dee Hall smoked one pack of cigarettes per day from 1963 until 1989, but then quit, according to the suit.
The Halls claim the defendants failed to warn them of the dangers of asbestos and asbestos-containing products.
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 Halls are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. They are being represented by Victoria L. Antion, Scott A. McGee and John D. Hurst of Motley Rice and Bronwyn I. Rinehart of James F. Humphreys & Associates.
The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.
The 29 companies named as defendants include Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Borg-Warner Corporation; Dravo Corporation; Fairmont Supply Company; Ford Motor Company; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; Genuine Parts Company; Goulds Pumps, Inc.; and Hercules, Inc.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 13-C-309