ORANGE -- The daughter of a deceased DuPont employee is suing her father's former employer and 13 other companies for maliciously inflicting him with an asbestos illness.

As an alleged result of being exposed to asbestos, Walter Dunn died on June 23, 2006. Two years later, on June 24 his daughter, Brandy Kieschnick, filed suit against E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Co. and several other companies in the Orange County District Court.

Some of the defendants listed in the suit include Viacom, Union Carbide and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.

Although MetLife did not manufacture, sell or use asbestos products, the suit alleges the insurance company was negligent in failing to convey and actively suppressed information regarding the dangers of asbestos.

According to the plaintiff's petition, Dunn worked as an inspector and pipefitter for DuPont and other companies for a "period of many years."

Dunn was exposed to asbestos "while working in powerhouses, refineries, commercial buildings, steel mills and plants," the suit says, adding that he "inhaled great quantities of asbestos fibers."

The suit does not list the dates or locations of Dunn's employment.

The suit accuses all of the defendants of maliciously conspiring to conceal the dangers of asbestos and of purposely exposing the public despite of their actual knowledge.

On top of exemplary damages, the plaintiff is suing for her father's physical pain and suffering in the past and future, mental anguish in the past and future, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, disfigurement in the past and future, physical impairment in the past and future, and past and future medical expenses, plus attorneys' fees.

The plaintiff is demanding a trial by jury and is represented by attorney Andrew McEnaney of Hissey Kientz LLP in Austin.


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