ST. LOUIS — A couple is suing Akebono Brake Corp., Spirax Sarco Inc., Viking Pump Inc., and other makers of  asbestos products, alleging negligence and failure to warn.

Carl E. Smith and Cora J. Smith filed a complaint on Dec. 22 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they breached their duties to provide a safe place to work.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during Carl Smith's work from 1956 to 2001, he was exposed to, and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. On July 25, 2014, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and the disease allegedly was wrongfully caused. 

The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because they allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that asbestos was toxic, poisonous and harmful to human health, and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury; and seek actual and compensatory damages of more than $25,000, and any other relief that is just and equitable. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC12026

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