ST.LOUIS — A couple is suing CBS Corp., FMC Corp., General Gasket Corp., and other asbestos products manufacturers, alleging negligence.

Michael and Joyce Cipolla filed a complaint on Jan. 31 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 plaintiffs allege that at various times during Michael Cipolla's work in the 1950s through the 1970s, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. On March 1, 2017, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease. 

The plaintiffs hold CBS Corp., FMC Corp., General Gasket Corp., and others responsible because they allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that it had toxic, poisonous, harmful and deleterious effect to humans' 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 compensatory damages in excess of $25,000, and any further relief as the court may deem just and equitable. They are represented by Benjamin R. Schmickle and Matthew C. Morris of SWMW Law LLC in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822-CC00211

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