Local asbestos suit names 14 companies as defendants

Kelly Holleran Jul. 23, 2009, 8:50am


An asbestos suit naming 14 defendant companies has been filed by a man and his wife, alleging the man's asbestos-related disease was caused by company negligence.

Derrill and Carolyn Conley claim Derrill Conley developed the disease during the course of his work as an instrument technician, systems craftsman and supervisor, according to a lawsuit filed July 21 in Jefferson County District Court.

A total of 14 defendant companies are named in the suit, including A.O. Smith Corp., A.W. Chesterton Co., Arvin Meritor Inc., CBS Corporation, Crane Co., Foster Wheeler, Garlock, GE, Goulds Pumps, Ingersoll-Rand Company, John Crane Inc., Owens-Illinois and Union Carbide.

The plaintiffs allege the defending companies failed to adequately warn Derrill Conley of the dangers of asbestos exposure.

They claim 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 Derrill Conley to experience physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement and physical impairment. In addition, Derrill Conley incurred medical costs, he and his wife claim in the lawsuit.

Derrill and Carolyn Conley are seeking unspecified actual and exemplary damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief to which they are entitled.

They are represented by Bryan O. Blevins Jr. and Aaryn K. Giblin of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D184-535.

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