Asbestos suit faults 22 companies for man's death

David Yates Apr. 4, 2012, 3:19am


On behalf of the late Robert Booker, Oda Booker has filed an asbestos suit against 22 companies, even though the deceased already received a settlement for an asbestos-related disease.

The suit was filed March 29 in Jefferson County District Court.

The defendants named in the suit are A.W. Chesterton, Bechtel Corp., CBS Corp., Certainteed Corp., Crown Cork & Seal, D&F Distributing, Dana Companies, Flour Enterprises, Flour Maintenance, Foster Wheeler Constructors, Foster Wheeler Corp., Foster Wheeler Energy, General Electric, Gould Pumps, Henry Vogt Machine, Ingersoll Rand, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Owens-Illinois, Riley Power, Sepco, Union Carbide and Uniroyal Holdings.

According to the lawsuit, decedent worked as a laborer, pipefitter and operator and was exposed to asbestos products and asbestos fibers and dust, which caused him to suffer from asbestos-related diseases. No dates of employment are given.

The suit states this is the second suit filed on Booker's behalf and is brought pursuant to Putejovsky v. Rapid American for a different malignant asbestos-related disease.

The defendants are accused of manufacturing, distributing and using asbestos products without warning workers of the dangers.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants acted with malice and is suing for exemplary damages.

Beaumont attorney Bryan Blevins Jr. of Provost Umphrey represents the plaintiff.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A192-246

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