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

Henry W. Johnson Jr. and Elizabeth L. Johnson filed a complaint in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against A.W. Chesterton Co., Allied Paint & Wallpaper Co. Inc., Black & Veatch Holding 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 plaintiffs allege that between 1961 and 1977, Henry Johnson worked with and around materials, products, equipment and conditions and was thereby exposed to, inhaled, ingested and otherwise absorbed asbestos and asbestos fibers. Henry Johnson claims he suffers from asbestos-related diseases and first became aware of the disease on April 26. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendants 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 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 appropriate. They are represented by Brian J. Cooke and Andrew Murrie of Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton, Illinois.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC108

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