A total of 20 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County during the week of Dec. 15 through Dec. 19.

The following claims were filed:

--Thomas and Randa Berry of Kansas claim mesothelioma. Thomas worked from 1976 until this year as a mechanic at various locations, according to the complaint. They are represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Case number: 08-L-1182.

--Melvin Birch of Wisconsin, a repairman, laborer and assistant foreman at various locations throughout Illinois and Wisconsin from 1959 until 1989, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by G. Michael Stewart, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Case number: 08-L-1196.

--Manuel Talavera Bobadilla of Illinois, a steel mill laborer, pipefitter, millwright and mechanic from 1971 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by T. Barton French Jr. and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd in St. Louis. Case number: 08-L-1180.

--Opal Bronson of New Jersey claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased father, Charles Bronson. Charles worked from 1941 until 1975 as a fire control technician, ship repairman, laborer and fire control mechanic at various locations, according to the complaint. Opal is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Case number: 08-L-1178.

--Robert Frolichstein of Missouri, a laborer, sheet metal worker and pipefitter at various locations throughout Illinois and Missouri from 1952 until 1994, claims lung cancer. He is represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Case number: 08-L-1187.

--Charles W. Greer of Tennessee, a plumber and electrician at industrial job sites in the late 1940s and early 1950s, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald, III, of the O'Brien Law Firm in St. Louis. Case number: 08-L-1191.

--Richard Harp of Illinois, a laborer, roofer, building construction worker, switch man, brake man and conductor at various locations throughout Illinois and Missouri from 1947 until 1987, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by G. Michael Stewart, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Case number: 08-L-1195.

--Thomas Herman of Colorado, a hardware store clerk, warehouse worker, clerical worker, materials installer and materials buyer at various locations from 1956 until 1975, claims lung cancer. He is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Case number: 08-L-1193.

--Bonita Hicks of Ohio claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased father, Marvin McFarland. McFarland worked from 1946 until 1980 at various locations throughout Illinois, according to the complaint. Hicks is represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Case number: 08-L-1189.

--Judith Hodge of Tennessee claims mesothelioma on behalf of her deceased father, Roy Dauphin. Dauphin worked from 1946 until 1980 as a boilermaker at various locations, according to the complaint. Hodge is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Case number: 08-L-1177.

-Henry Janecka of Florida, a welder, furnace installer, wiring inspector, fireman, car salesman, owner of a car dealership and real estate salesman at various locations from 1947 until 1980, claims lung cancer. He is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Case number: 08-L-1194.

--Loren King Jr. of Florida, a laborer, truck driver, purchasing agent, logistics officer and security guard at various locations through Illinois, New York, Indiana, Kansas, Florida and Missouri from 1947 until this year, claims mesothelioma. King is represented by Perry J. Browder, John A. Barnerd, Christopher R. Guinn and Christopher J. Levy of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Case number: 08-L-1188.

--Anna Magill of Pennsylvania claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Francis Magill. Francis worked from 1951 until 2006 as a laborer and inspector at various locations, according to the complaint. Anna is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Case number: 08-L-1179.

--Connie and Rex Norris of Arkansas claim Connie developed mesothelioma. She was exposed to asbestos through her father and former husband who would wear clothing with asbestos fibers home, according to the complaint. They are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Case number: 08-L-1200.

--Ronald E. Nuss of Kansas, a laborer, manager, driver and service manager from 1973 until now, claims peritoneal mesothelioma. He is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenbert, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Case number: 08-L-1183.

--Gustave Reinke, Jr., of Massachusetts, a laborer, firefighter, heat treater, quality control, production control, inventory control engineering and drywaller/construction at various locations throughout Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, California, Washington, Colorado, Arizona and Massachusetts from 1950 until 1999, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Case number: 08-L-1197.

--Karon N. Sullivan claims mesothelioma. Sullivan claims she was exposed to asbestos fibers through the cleaning of her father's clothes from 1950 until 1959, according to the complaint. She was also employed as a general laborer at various industrial sites in the 1970s and 1980s, the suit states. Sullivan is represented by Anthony O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. Fitzgerald, III, of O'Brien Law Firm in St. Louis. Case number: 08-L-1190.

--Perry H. and Virginia Tisdale of Illinois claim pharynx cancer. Perry worked from 1957 until 1963 as a clerk at a grocery store and from 1963 until now as a laborer at Keystone Steel and Wire in Bartonville, according to the complaint. The Tisdales are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowaland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Case number: 08-L-1186.

--George E. and Mary Wadsworth claim mesothelioma. George worked from 1974 until now as a boilermaker, grinder, press operator and electrician, according to the complaint. He was also exposed to asbestos through home construction and remodel work, the suit states. The Wadsworths are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Alton and W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, W. Casey Harris and J.D. McMullen of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston serve of counsel. Case number: 08-L-1181.

--Dennis Wiechens of Missouri, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 until 1964 and who worked as a laborer from 1965 until the 1980s, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Alton. Case number: 08-L-1192.

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