Heirs file wrongful death suit against Budd Co., others over man's lung cancer death

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 18, 2018

ST. LOUIS – The surviving heirs of a man who died of lung cancer allege his cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos.

Terry Joe Pepper and Ronnie Pepper, as the surviving heirs of Ronnie J. Pepper, deceased filed a complaint on Dec. 10 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against The Budd Co., et al. alleging wrongful death.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege at various times during Ronnie J. Pepper's life, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants at locations in Texas. The suit states that on or about Oct. 17, 2016, decedent's family first became aware that he had developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. 

The plaintiffs hold The Budd Co., et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that it had toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious effect 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 seek compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages of no less than $25,000. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville, Illinois.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822cc11807

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