Leslie Gamboni Aug. 7, 2013, 6:47am

NEW ORLEANS – A former pipefitter is suing numerous companies claiming they exposed him to asbestos that resulted in his lung cancer.

David Punch filed suit against Asbestos Corporation Ltd., Taylor-Seidenbach Inc., Eagle Inc., Rielly Benton Company, McCarty Corporation, Anco Insulations Inc., Union Carbide Corporation, The Cajun Company, Uniroyal Inc., Shell Oil Company, Occidental Chemical Corporations, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company, Pharmacia Corporation, Whitney Holding Corporation, Chevron U.S.A Inc., Chevron Chemical Company LLC, Tin Inc., Lou Con, Inc., RMJ Properties LLC, Entergy Lousiana LLC, Gulf Engineering Company LLC, Maryland Casualty Company and Onebeacon Insurance Company in the Orleans Parish Central District Court on June 27.

Punch claims he worked as an apprentice pipefitter through numerous sites in Louisiana for various employers from 1959-1973 and alleges that during that time he was exposed to asbestos and asbestos-containing products. The plaintiff asserts that he contracted malignant mesothelioma, an incurable and terminal cancer as a direct result.

The defendants are accused of use and distribution of products that are unreasonably dangerous, lack of warning or of sufficient warning of the hazards of the products, negligence and failing to provide a safe working environment.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for all past present and future medical cost, mental suffering, physical pain and suffering, loss of quality of life and disability

Punch is represented by David R. Cannella of New Orleans-based Landry, Swarr & Cannella.

The case has been assigned to division C Judge Sidney Cates IV.

Case no 2013-6133.

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