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July 18, 1986

A $100-million lawsuit has been filed by the state of West Virginia against 75 asbestos producers, charging that they knowingly failed to warn officials of the hazards of asbestos and asbestos products in state buildings. The suit against manufacturers in 17 states and firms in Canada, South Africa and England was filed on behalf of Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. and at least 15 state agencies. The suit, filed in Monongalia Circuit Court, seeks compensatory damages and unspecified damages for future claims by workers exposed to the material.

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