ST. LOUIS — A former laborer who now has lung cancer is suing 3M Company, Foster-Wheeler John Crane Inc., and others, alleging negligence.

Arthur Pearson filed a complaint on Jan. 19 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that beginning in 1961 he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. On Feb. 8, 2017, he learned that he had developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. 

The plaintiff holds 3M Company, Foster-Wheeler John Crane Inc., and others responsible because the defendants allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that asbestos had toxic, poisonous and deleterious effects to human's health, 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 juryl and seeks actual compensatory damages of more than $25,000, and all further relief as the court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville, and Jason M. Ministrelli and Erik P. Karst of Karst & Von Oiste LLP in Houston, Texas.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822-CC00137

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