Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Apr. 30, 2014, 7:35am

A man claiming he was injured when a tank exploded near him is seeking a change of judge in his Madison County lawsuit.

According to the April 23 motion, Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian currently presides over the lawsuit.

Plaintiffs Natalie and George E. Marron IV claims George was standing near a dual capacity NH3 tank system manufactured by defendant M&M Service Company when it suddenly expelled liquified NH3 at a high velocity on March 14, 2012. The chemicals allegedly completely engulfed Marron.

According to the March 13 complaint, Marron claims he suffered injuries to his leg, thigh and groin, among other claims.

The plaintiffs blame M&M Service for negligently failing to provide adequate warnings, defectively manufacturing the coupling system so that it would allow the release of pressurized NH3, improperly designing the dual tank system, failing to properly maintain the dual tank system, failing to obtain proper certifications and allowing a dual tank system to operate in such a way to cause an accident.

Defendant M&M Service has also demanded a trial by jury.

Matoesian entered an agreed order on April 21, stating the parties agreed to allow the defendant until May 2 to file its responsive pleading to the plaintiff’s complaint.

The Marrons seek a judgment of more than $300,000.

M&M Service Company is represented by Gregory G. Vacala, R. Mark Cosimini and TaraShelke of Rusin Maciorowski & Friedman Ltd. in Chicago.

The Marrons are represented by D. Jeffrey Ezra of Ezra & Associates in Collinsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 14-L-411

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