ST. LOUIS — Texas residents are suing multiple corporations, citing alleged failure to protect and failure to warn of the dangerous effects of asbestos.

Gertrude York and Edward York filed a complaint Sept. 19 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against A.W. Chesterton Co.; Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., formerly known as Lucent Technologies Inc.; Western Electric Co. Inc., 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 plaintiffs allege that, between 1954 and 1989, Gertrude York was employed as a clerical worker at various locations throughout the United States and claims she was exposed to asbestos-containing products used by the defendants, which was carried from the work of her husband, Edward York, and into their home with their children. She was diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses June 28, 2016, that resulted in necessary medical expenses and kept her from performing her duties as a wife and mother. 

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 the people inhaling, ingesting or otherwise absorbing them.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for compensatory damages in excess of $25,000, along with costs, pre and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems appropriate. They are represented by Randy S. Cohn and Todd R. Gampp of Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton, Illinois.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC11354

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