Former machinist claims companies operating in St. Louis area, others failed to warn of asbestos

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 4, 2017

ST. LOUIS — A former machinist is suing a number of corporations, some of which operated in the St. Louis area, citing alleged failure to protect and failure to warn individuals of the harmful effects of asbestos.

Darrel E. Keller filed a complaint June 23 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against 3M Co., Air & Liquid Systems Corp., Armstrong International Inc., et al. alleging that the defendants failed their duty to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of individuals working with or around the products.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between 1959 and 1966, he was first exposed to asbestos-containing products in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area while serving in the Navy. He claims he inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers emanating from certain products of the defendants' that resulted to him being diagnosed with asbestosis June 30, 2015. 

The plaintiff holds 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 plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for actual and compensatory damages in an amount in excess of $25,000 for each and such other relief to which the court deems proper. He is represented by Laci M. Whitley of Flint Law Firm LLC in Edwardsville, Illinois.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC10644

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