17 companies sued for man's asbestos exposure at ammunition plant

By Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau | May 14, 2012


MARSHALL - Recently diagnosed with cancer, a Texas man has filed a lawsuit against 17 companies claiming that he suffered extensive exposure to asbestos during his six years of employment at the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant.

Billy F. Wall and Sandra S. Wall filed suit against A.W. Chesterton Co., Armstrong International Inc., Certainteed Corp., Clark-Reliance Corp., Cleaver-Brooks Co. Inc., Crane Co., Eaton Corp., Eaton Hydraulics Inc., Eaton Hydraulics, Emerson Process Management Power & Water Solutions Inc., Fisher Controls International, Power Controls, Spirax Sarco Inc., The J. Graves Insulation Co. Inc., The WM. Powell Co., Watts Water Technologies Inc., and Young Touchstone.

The lawsuit was filed May 8 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

Wall states that he was exposed to asbestos from 1974 to 1980 while working as a pipefitter, welder and insulator at the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant in Harrison County. He claims that he was exposed to asbestos on a daily basis.

In June 2010, Wall was diagnosed with colon cancer and in 2011, he was diagnosed with asbestos-related pleural disease and mild interstitial pulmonary fibrosis.

The defendants are accused of failing to warn, failing to test their products concerning the effects of exposure, failing to instruct or notify users or consumers of their products of proper safety measures and for failing to properly package their products so that proper labeling and instructions were easily visible.

Billy Wall is asking for an award of damages for medical expenses, mental anguish, impairment, loss of enjoyment of life, physical pain and suffering, and court costs.

Sandra Wall is asking the court for an award of damages for mental anguish, loss of consortium and society and loss of household services.

The plaintiffs are represented by D. Scott Carlile and Casey Q. Carlile of The Carlile Law Firm in Marshall.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00281

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