Jon Campisi Aug. 31, 2011, 3:13pm

A couple from Royersford, Pa. have filed suit against a slew of companies specializing in the manufacture and distribution of asbestos-containing products, alleging the husband’s diagnosis of mesothelioma this past spring was directly related to his years of exposure to the fiber.

Attorneys Steven J. Cooperstein and Lou Thompson Black, of the Texas law firm of Bailey, Perrin and Bailey, filed the mass tort civil claim Aug. 26 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of John and Sara Calcinore of Montgomery County.

The main defendant listed in the complaint is A.W. Chesterton Company. There are about 50 additional codefendants, including, but not limited to, Brand Insulation, Carboline Company, Benjamin Moore & Co., CBS Corp., Crane Co., Exelon Corp., General Electric Co., Peco Energy, Co., and Owens-Illinois, Inc.

The suit claims that John Calcinore, 83, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs, back in April of this year.

In addition to his work-related asbestos exposure, he also smoked one to two cigars per day from 1957 to 1987, the suit states, but he only “puffed,” not inhaled.

Damages in the mass tort, which was filed as a short form complaint in the master asbestos litigation at common pleas court, are not specified.

A claim for lost wages will be asserted at the time of trial if applicable, the suit states.

The case number is 110803868.

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