Relatives of renowned actor, Ed Lauter, have filed a lawsuit claiming multiple companies are responsible for the actor’s death. Last October Lauter succumbed to his fight with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. In the claim, Lauter’s widow Mia blames corporation giants CBS, Ford, NBC, and GE for her late husband’s preventable cancer.

CBS and GE (which owned NBC at the time) are cited as repeatedly exposing the actor to their asbestos contaminated studios where Ed filmed many TV spots for extended periods of time. As for Ford, their responsibility stems from the parts it manufactured in the vehicles Lauter drove. Asbestos has been known to be present in brakes, clutch facings, compressors, and other automotive parts making it possible to be the cause of the actor’s malignant mesothelioma.

Lauter appeared in over 200 movies and television shows, most notably “The Longest Yard” where he played opposite Burt Reynolds.