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

Burks Woods and Gaynell Woods filed a complaint Sept. 21 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against 4520 Corp. Inc., as successor-in-interest to The Shaw Group Inc.; AK Steel Corp., formerly known as ARMCO Steel Corp., et. al., alleging that the defendants failed their duty to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of others working with or around the products containing asbestos.

According to the complaint, the couple alleges that between 1971 and 2004, Burks Woods served in the US Army and Navy and worked for various companies. He claims he was exposed to asbestos-containing products used by the defendants. He was diagnosed with lung cancer on Nov. 30, 2015, and as a result, the couple became liable to medical expenses, suffered mental anguish and lost the ability to enjoy life. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendants included asbestos in their products and should have known that the asbestos fibers would have a toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious effect upon people inhaling, ingesting or otherwise absorbing them.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for actual compensatory damages in excess of $50,000, including cost of action, and other relief the court deems just and equitable. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville, Illinois.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC11376

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