Deceased Plumber’s Asbestos Trial Begins Monday in South Carolina, CVN To Webcast Live


Columbia, SC – A South Carolina state jury will hear opening statements Monday in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a deceased plumber who reportedly died of cancer he developed from exposure to asbestos contained in products manufactured by industrial heating company Chromalox Inc.

Monday’s lawsuit includes claims filed by his family on behalf of Rabon Delmore Manning, alleging that Manning’s decades of work with asbestos-containing water heaters led to the development of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the tissue around the lungs often associated with exposure to asbestos. Manning died of the disease in 2018.

The trial will take place before Chief Justice Jean Toal, who is the new chairman of the South Carolina asbestos case after his retirement from the South Carolina Supreme Court.

The procedure becomes hammer-to-hammer webcast by Courtroom View Network. The case is one of the first major personal product liability lawsuits to take place in South Carolina since the pandemic shut down.


Manning’s attorneys state in court files that he has worked with heating element components manufactured by Chromalox that are known to contain asbestos, but Chromalox argues that Manning has been exposed to a wide variety of asbestos-containing products during his long career as a plumber. , and that his cancer cannot be definitively linked to the heating components of Chromolax.

Gavel-to-gavel video of the proceedings will be available both live and on-demand via CVN for the duration of the trial.

Manning is represented by Chris Swett of Motley Rice.

Chromolax is represented by Elizabeth O’Neill of Womble Bond Dickinson.

The case is caption Dennis Manning, individually and as personal representative of the estate of Rabon Delmore Manning v. Goulds Pumps LLC, et al., case number 2020CP4001293 in South Carolina’s Fifth Court in Richmond County.

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