Heirs allege Akebono Brake Corp., others failed to protect workers from asbestos

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 12, 2017

ST. LOUIS — Heirs are suing a number of corporations, citing alleged failure to protect and failure to warn individuals of the harmful effects of asbestos.

Brenda Bailey, Paula Dagnan, Trena Hartley, Tonya Martin and Bobby Bailey Jr. as the surviving heirs of Bobby Bailey, deceased, filed a complaint May 30 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Akebono Brake Corp., American Cast Iron Pipe Co., Armstrong International Inc., et al, alleging that the defendants failed their duty to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of the decedent and others working with or around the products.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that between 1972 and 2005, Bobby Bailey served in the U.S. Army National Guard as a mechanic. During Bailey's employment, he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers emanating from the defendants' products. Bailey first learned that he had lung cancer March 28, 2016. 

The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to provide warnings to people working with or around the products, failed to provide adequate instructions on how avoid inhaling the asbestos and failed to conduct tests on the asbestos-containing products.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for compensatory in an amount in excess of $50,000, with punitive damages and for such other and further relief that the court deems appropriate. They are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville, Illinois.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC01426

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