Between the years of 1944 to 1984, Julian Booker worked at various industrial sites. In September 2006, he allegedly died of pulmonary asbestosis.

Now, Julian's former wife, Laura White, claims some 21 companies were responsible for his death and filed a suit on his behalf in Jefferson County District Court on Aug. 27.

Some of the defendants listed in the suit include Ametek Inc., Owens-Illinois, General Electric and ExxonMobil.

Court papers show that during Booker's industrial work life as a painter, he worked for various employers at industrial sites between 1944 and 1984.

"Due to his employment, Julian R. Booker was exposed to asbestos products," the suit says.

"Sadly, this exposure led to his contraction pulmonary asbestosis, which ultimately took his life in September 2006."

The suit faults all of the defendants for negligently manufacturing, selling and using asbestos-containing products.

"Each Defendant � bears responsibility in causing Mr. Booker's injuries in the individual capacities in which they have been sued," the suit says.

The plaintiffs are suing for exemplary damages, plus Booker's past and future mental anguish, medical expenses, impairment and disfigurement.

They are represented by Troy Chandler, attorney for the Williams Kherkher Hart & Boundas law firm.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th Judicial District, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B182-305

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