A Texas couple is suing a number of businesses they claim contributed to an employee's lung cancer.
Roy L. Jones, and his wife, Patricia, filed a lawsuit Jan. 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against Avocet Enterprises Inc., Bird Inc., Carrier Corp., Certainteed Corp., General Electric Co., Georgia-Pacific LLC, Ingersoll-Rand Co., Kelly-Moore Paint Co., Riley Power Inc., Sears Roebuck and Co., Trane U.S. Inc., Union Carbide Corp., Viacom Inc., The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Shell Chemical LP.
The plaintiffs are claiming negligence and gross negligence.
The suit states Roy Jones has been diagnosed with lung cancer resulting from exposure from asbestos.
They allege companies created dangerous conditions, failed in safety standards and did not warn employees of the risks, the complaint states.
The Joneses are seeking an amount in damages in excess of the minimal jurisdictional amounts, plus court costs and any other relief.
The couple is being represented by Houston attorney James C. Ferrell.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Court Case No. 4:14-CV-00196
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