A former West Virginia couple filed an asbestos suit against 77 different companies, claiming the husband is ill because of their negligence concerning asbestos safety.

Donald and Virginia Schwartz, now residents of Arizona, filed a suit April 24 in Kanawha Circuit Court. Donald Schwartz was employed as a steamfitter, superintendent, foreman, project manager and president of Pittsburgh Mechanical Supplies.

Schwartz worked in the heating and air conditioning business and plumbing and construction business. He also worked in various steel mills, power plants and industrial and commercial work sites in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Arizona, where he claims he came in contact with asbestos-containing products

He claims he was exposed to asbestos from Foster Wheeler boilers, Union boilers, Riley Stoker boilers, General Electric turbines, and Westinghouse turbines.

According to the suit, on Feb. 12, 2007, Schwartz was advised he suffered from malignant mesothelioma. He now has malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and pleural plaques.

Schwartz claims he has in the past and will continue to pay large medical bills. He has and will suffer pain and inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, and suffer a shortening of his life span.

He, through attorney Craig Coleman, seeks punitive and compensatory damages.

The case will be assigned to a visiting judge.

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