ST. LOUIS — A son is suing asbestos products manufacturers, citing alleged negligence.
Mark Yepsen filed a complaint Sept. 27 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Uniroyal Inc., A.W. Chesterton Inc., Advance Auto Parts, et al., alleging they failed to exercise ordinary care and caution for the safety of others.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that his father, Harold Yepsen, was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. On June 9, 2016, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related disease, and died Dec. 28, 2016, the complaint states. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly negligently included asbestos fibers in their products when adequate substitutes were available and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in excess of $25,000, plus punitive damages, attorneys' fees, costs and further relief the court deems 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-CC11419