Local asbestos suit names 49 companies as defendants

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An asbestos suit naming 49 defendant companies has been filed on behalf of a recently deceased man, alleging the man's asbestos-related disease was caused by company negligence.

Alicia Kay Prichard claims Clevines Leleux developed the disease during the course of his work as an insulator, painter and laborer, according to a lawsuit filed May 28 in Jefferson County District Court.

A total of 49 defendant companies are named in the suit, including A.O. Smith Corp., American Cyanamid, American Optical Corporation, Ametek, Anco Insulations, A.W. Chesterton Co., Bacock Borsig Power, Bayer Cropscience, Bechtel Corp., CBS Corporation, Crane Co., Fluor Enterprises, Foster Wheeler, GE, Ingersoll Rand, Uniroyal Goodrich Tire and Zurn Industries.

Prichard alleges the defending companies failed to adequately Leleux of the dangers of asbestos exposure, according to the lawsuit.

She claims the companies also negligently failed to test the products to determine hazards associated with them and failed to remove their products from the market.

The plaintiffs allege the asbestos-related disease caused Leleux to experience physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, disfigurement and physical impairment. In addition, Leleux's family incurred medical costs and funeral bills, they claim in the lawsuit.

Prichard is seeking unspecified actual and exemplary damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief to which she is entitled.

She is represented by Bryan O. Blevins Jr. and Colin D. Moore of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: E184-168.

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