New asbestos suit blames 33 defendant companies for man's death

By Kelly Holleran | May 26, 2009


An asbestos suit naming 33 defendant companies has been filed on behalf of a recently deceased man, alleging the man's asbestos-related disease were caused by company negligence.

Linda Dale Baggett McLemore, Larry Donald Baggett and Hazel Baggett claim Lawrence Baggett developed the disease during the course of his work as a laborer and operator, according to a lawsuit filed May 20 in Jefferson County District Court.

A total of 33 defendant companies are named in the suit, including A.O. Smith Corp., A.W. Chesterton Co., Bechtel Corp., Certainteed Corp., Crane Co., Exxon Mobil, Fluor Enterprises, Foster Wheeler, Garlock, GE, Ingersoll Rand, Lockheed Martin, 3M, Owens-Illinois, Union Carbide, Uniroyal Goodrich Tire and Zurn Industries.

The plaintiffs allege the defending companies failed to adequately warn Lawrence Baggett of the dangers of asbestos exposure, according to the lawsuit.

They claim the companies also negligently failed to test the products to determine hazards associated with them and failed to remove their products from the market.

The plaintiffs allege the asbestos-related disease caused Lawrence Baggett to experience physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement and physical impairment. In addition, Lawrence Baggett's family incurred medical costs and funeral bills, they claim in the lawsuit.

McLemore and Larry and Hazel Baggett are seeking unspecified actual and exemplary damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief to which they are entitled.

They are represented by Bryan O. Blevins Jr. and Aaryn K. Giblin of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: E184-127.

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