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Man claims St. Louis-area corporations, others didn't warn of asbestos risks

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 11, 2017

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ST. LOUIS — A man is suing multiple corporations, some of which are based in the St. Louis area, citing alleged failure to warn individuals of the harmful effects of asbestos.

Matthew Miller filed a complaint June 29 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Crane Co., A.W. Chesterton Inc., Ameren Illinois Co., et al. alleging the defendants failed their duty to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of its employees and others working with or around the products.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between 1964 and 1979, his father, who worked as an insulator, may have been exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers emanating from certain products from the defendants. The plaintiff claims that his father's exposure to asbestos caused him to suffer from asbestosis, which led to his untimely death March 23. 

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 to avoid inhaling asbestos and failed to conduct tests on the asbestos-containing products.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in excess of $75,000 for punitive damages, costs incurred and for additional relief the court deems just and proper. He is represented by Andrew A. O'Brien, Christopher J. Thoron, Bartholomew J. Baumstark, Gerald J. FitzGerald and Adam J. Reynolds of O'Brien Law Firm PC in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC10690

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