Asbestos suit filed against 20 companies

Kelly Holleran Aug. 17, 2010, 9:29am


A man has filed a second asbestos suit against 20 companies, claiming he was exposed to asbestos fibers during his work for the companies.

Jack Atkins claims he developed an asbestos-related disease different from the other non-malignant asbestos-related disease for which he previously sued.

Atkins alleges the disease was caused from asbestos fibers that he inhaled while working as a sheet metal worker and supervisor from 1947 until 1979, according to the complaint filed Aug. 9 in Jefferson County District Court.

Atkins blames the defendants for causing the disease, saying the companies knew about the dangers of asbestos but still allowed their employees to work around the products. In addition, the defendants failed to warn Atkins about the dangers of asbestos exposure, the suit states.

The defendants are Ameraflex Rubber & Gasket, American Optical, Bechtel, CBS Corp., Clever Brooks, Crain Co., ExxonMobil, Fluor Enterprises, Fluor Maintenance Services, Foster Wheeler Constructors, Foster Wheeler Corp., Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., GE, General Refractories, Georgia Pacific, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Owens Illinois, Riley Power and Union Carbide.

The plaintiffs are seeking exemplary and actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief to which they may be entitled.

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

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: D187-518.

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