34 companies named as defendants in recent asbestos suit

Marilyn Tennissen Oct. 29, 2009, 8:58am


Thirty-four defendant companies are being blamed for the death of a man who allegedly developed a malignant asbestos-related injury after working around products manufactured by the companies.

Ginger Sue Goates and Carolyn Sue Blackmon filed a lawsuit Oct. 21 in Jefferson County District Court on behalf of Marvin Clyde Goates, claiming he died from an asbestos-related disease.

Before his death, Goates filed an asbestos suit, but the plaintiffs bring their complaint on allegations that he died from a different asbestos-related disease than was named in his previous lawsuit pursuant to Pustejovsky v. Rapid-American Corp.

The defending companies named in the complaint are: A.W. Chesterton, American Optical Corporation, Ametek, Inc., Bayer Cropscience, Bechtel Corporation, CBS Corporation, Certainteed Corporation, Coltec Industries, Crane Company, Crown, Cork and Seal Company, D&F Distributing, Dana Companies, Fluor Enterprises, Fluor Maintenance Services, Foster Wheeler Constructors, and Foster Wheeler Corporation.

Also Garlock Sealing Technologies, General Electric Corporation, General Refractories Company, Goulds Pumps, Henry Vogt Machine Company, Honeywell International, Industrial Holdings, Ingersoll-Rand Company, John Crane, 3M, Owens Illinois, Sepco Corporation, Treco Construction Services, Union Carbide Corporation and Uniroyal.

Ginger Goates and Blackmon allege the defendant companies caused Clyde Goates' disease because they failed to adequately test their products and failed to warn of the dangers of asbestos exposure.

At the time the products were manufactured, the defending companies knew of the hazards associated with asbestos but failed to remove their products from the market, according to the complaint.

Some defendant companies, such as 3M and American Optical Corporation, failed to provide Goates with adequate masks to protect him from the asbestos, while other businesses forced Goates to work in close proximity to asbestos, the suit states.

Because of his exposure to the asbestos fibers, Goates experienced pain, suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, physical impairment and lost wages before his death, the complaint says.

The plaintiffs are seeking actual and exemplary damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief.

Bryan O. Blevins Jr. of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont is representing the plaintiffs.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: D185-182.

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