Auto mechanic's widow alleges asbestos in 3M, others' products caused cancer

By Lhalie Castillo | Sep 12, 2018

ST. LOUIS – The surviving spouse of a man employed as an auto mechanic alleges exposure to asbestos during his career caused him to develop lung cancer.

Nelvia Gray, individually and as executrix of the estate of Jame F. Gray, deceased, filed a complaint on Aug. 31 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against 3M Co., Continental Teves Inc., General Electric Co., et al. alleging 

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during James Gray's employment in the Midwest as an auto mechanic beginning in 1955, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed and/or installed by defendants. The suit staes that on or about June 14, 2014, decedent first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. He passed away on Aug. 31, 2015, the suit states.

The plaintiff holds 3M Co., Continental Teves Inc., General Electric Co., et al. responsible because the defendants 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 seeks compensatory and punitive damages of not less than $25,000. She is represented by Carson C. Menges of Menges Law LLC in Belleville, Illinois.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822-CC11143

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