Woman sues asbestos companies for husband’s lung cancer, death

By From staff reports | Apr 25, 2018

CHARLESTON – A woman is suing 72 companies she claims are responsible for her husband’s lung cancer and death.

Minnie Lane claims Harold Ray Lane was diagnosed with lung cancer on Dec. 25, 2016, and died on Jan. 16, 2017, due to the cancer, according to a complaint filed March 9 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Minnie Lane claims that Harold Lane did not smoke.

Harold Lane was employed as a laborer at Lakin Hospital in 1966 and by WV Malleable Iron Plant from 1967 until 1983.

The defendants are being sued due to their negligence, contaminated buildings, breach of expressed/implied warranty, strict liability, intentional tort, conspiracy, misrepresentation and post-sale duty to warn, according to the suit.

Minnie Lane claims that her husband was exposed to asbestos during his work career, which caused his asbestos-related disease and his death.

Minnie Lane is seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. She is represented by John H. Skaggs of The Calwell Practice; and John D. Hurst of Motley Rice.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 18-C-238

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