Couple alleges Missouri companies, others didn't warn employees of asbestos risk

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 10, 2017

ST. LOUIS — A couple is suing multiple corporations, citing alleged failure to warn individuals of the harmful effects of asbestos.

Bobby Knowles and Linda Knowles filed a complaint in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against CBS Corp.; Crown, Cork & Seal USA Inc.; FMC Corp., et al., alleging that the defendants failed their duty to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of employees and others working with or around the products.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that while Bobby Knowles working as a maintenance mechanic and operator in 1962, he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers emanating from certain products from the defendants. Bobby Knowles claims he first became aware that he had lung cancer on March 31, 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 asbestos and failed to conduct tests on the asbestos-containing products.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for compensatory damages in excess of $25,000 and for costs, pre and post-judgment interest, and such other and further relief as the court deems just and reasonable. They are represented by Benjamin R. Schmickle and Matthew C. Morris of SWMW Law LLC in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC10698

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