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Conspiracy alleged in man's asbestos-related death

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 4, 2015


MOUNDSVILLE — A Marshall County woman is blaming more than 50 companies for the asbestos-related death of her brother.

Representing the estate of Robert Detemple, Jr., Veronica Detemple filed suit on Sept. 10 in the Circuit Court of Marshall against the Ohio Power Company, Owens-Fiberglass, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and more than 50 other companies.

The suit alleges Robert Detemple, Jr., died as a result of mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure while working construction jobs for a number of the defendants. It also alleges that all the defendants were involved in a conspiracy dating back to 1920 to falsify or mislead the public about the dangers and risks associated with asbestos.

The plaintiff is seeking compensatory, liquidated and punitive damages, attorney fees, and costs of litigation. She is represented by Leslie Ann James of Hartley & O'Brien, PLLC in Wheeling.

Circuit Court of Marshall Case number 15-c-153

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Hartley & O'Brien, PLLCOhio Power CompanyMetLife