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

Justin Shane Whisenhunt, Kenneth M. Sherron and Michael Sherron, as the surviving heirs of Barbara J. Whisenhunt, deceased, filed a complaint Sept. 5 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against A.W. Chesterton Co., Allied Paint & Wallpaper Co. Inc., Borgwarner Morse Tec LLC, et. al., alleging 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 in 1962, Barbara Whisenhunt worked as a secretary at various locations and was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers emanating from certain products of the defendants. She died Feb. 15, allegedly due to cumulative exposure to asbestos. 

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 asbestos-containing products.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for compensatory damages in excess of $25,000 for costs, pre- and post-judgment interest, and other relief the court deems appropriate. They are represented by Paul M. Dix, Todd A. Neilson and Courtney Gregory of Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton, Illinois.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC11273

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