Suit names 38 companies as defendants over man's asbestos exposure

Kelly Holleran Nov. 11, 2009, 3:37pm

A man has filed an asbestos suit against 38 defendant corporations, claiming the asbestos-related disease with which he was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Cleveland J. Savoy worked as a carpenter, where he says he was exposed to asbestos-containing products.

This is the second asbestos lawsuit Savoy has filed against the companies. In his other lawsuit, Savoy is claiming a different asbestos-related injury than in his prior complaint.

Savoy claims the defendants failed to test the asbestos-containing products before they were introduced into the stream of commerce, according to a lawsuit filed Nov. 5 in Jefferson County District Court.

He says the defendant companies were negligent by failing to timely warn him about the dangers of asbestos.

He states the companies also negligently continued to manufacture the products around which he worked, even after they were aware of the asbestos danger, according to the lawsuit.

Named as defendants in the suit are A.O. Smith Corp., A.W. Chesterton Co., American Optical, Ametek, Babcock Borsig Power, Bayer Cropscience, Bechtel, CBS Corp., Certainteed, Cleaver Brooks, Coltec Industries, Crane Co., Crown Cork & Seal, D&F Distributing, Exxon Mobil, Fluor Enterprises, Fluor Maintenance Services and Foster Wheeler.

Also Garlock Sealing Technologies, General Electric, Georgia Pacific, Goulds Pumps, Green Tweed, Henry Vogt Machine Co., Honeywell International, Industrial Holdings Inc., Ingersoll Rand, John Crane, Kelly Moore Paint Co., Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, Pneumo Abex Corporation, Sepco Corp., Treco Construction Services, Uniroyal Holdings, Washington Group International and Zurn Industries.

According to the suit, Savoy was unaware of the hazards and defects in the asbestos-containing products.

Because of his reliance on the companies, Savoy claims he has suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, lost wages, sustained disfigurement and physical impairment, has incurred medical costs and suffered a progressive loss of earning capacity.

In the lawsuit, Savoy is seeking unspecified actual and exemplary damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the Court deems appropriate.

He will be represented by Bryan O. Blevins and Colin D. Moore of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: D185-286.

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