22 companies sued for man's asbestos exposure

David Yates Jun. 1, 2011, 8:00am


A lawsuit alleging the late William Earl Davis was negligently exposed to asbestos was filed against A.W. Chesterton, along with 21 other companies.

Representing his estate, Steve Martinka filed the suit My 26 in Jefferson County District Court.

The other defendants named in the suit include Bechtel Corp., Chevron USA, Crane Co., E.I. DuPont, ExxonMobil, Fluor Enterprises, Fluor Maintenance, Foster Wheeler Constructors, Foster Wheeler Corp., Foster Wheeler Energy, Goodrich, Goodyear, Goulds Pumps, Ingersoll Rand, Longhorn Gasket & Supply, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Mobil Chemical, Mobil Oil Refining, Owens-Illinois, Texaco and Total Petrochemical.

Court records show Davis was exposed to asbestos while working as a pipefitter at the defendants' Jefferson County premises.

"Defendants negligently permitted asbestos products to be uses on their premises despite the fact defendants knew ... asbestos products ... were extremely dangerous to human health," the suit states, adding that the defendants also negligently manufactured, sold and used asbestos products without warning workers of the dangers.

The plaintiff is suing for exemplary damages and all wrongful death damages allowable under law.

Provost Umphrey attorney Bryan Blevins Jr. represents the plaintiff.

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

Case No. E190-109

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