A total of seven new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County during the week of Jan. 12 through Jan. 16.

The following claims were filed:

--Efren Carbonell of Florida claims mesothelioma on behalf of a recently deceased man, Pueblo Carbonell Soto, who was diagnosed with the disease after working in the U.S. Postal Service, in Autoriadad de las energia Electrica as an engineer from the 1940s until the 1970s and was a member of the armed forces. Carbonell is represented by Michael R. Bilbrey and James R. Stover of the Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0035.

--Leland Cuellar, a self-employed worker who performed home remodeling and construction work, an assembly, trade and maintenance crew member, a member of a labor organization, a surveyor and a supervisor, a truck driver, a student/diesel mechanic, a supervisor and construction laborer, a tile installer, a paint salesman and an auto mechanic from 1951 until 1983, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Alton and W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Lincoln H. Goodwin and Bridget Baragona of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston served of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0032.

--Hilda Mae Houck claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, William B. Houck. William B. Houck worked from 1955 until 1960 as a laborer for Lee Cyprus Saw Mill, from 1960 until 1966 as a maintenance and bottling worker for Coca-Cola and from 1966 until 1992 as a postal employee for the United States Postal Service, according to the complaint. Hilda Mae Houck is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0030.

--Guy W. and Fern Olsen of Minnesota claim mesothelioma. Guy W. Olsen worked as a bricklayer and mason from 1950 until 1990, according to the complaint. The Olsens are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0023.

--Mary G. Squires of Tennessee, who worked pressing clothes, waiting on customers, worked at Great Western Construction, and worked as a department manager from 1975 until now, claims mesothelioma. Squires is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0027.

--Larry A. and Annette Varner of North Carolina claim mesothelioma. Larry A. Varner worked making asbestos pipe, making fabricated steel, loading trucks, and building boilers from 1960 until 1962, according to the complaint. He also worked as a deckhand, plaster, sheetrock, in a kiln, compressing plywood, rebuilding engines, performing brake jobs, building aircraft, owning a brake shop, performing brake and roof work from 1963 until 1992, the suit states. The Varners are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0024.

--George and Patricia Ware of Missouri claim George Ware developed lung cancer after he was exposed to asbestos while working as an assembly and maintenance worker from 1967 until 1997. The Wares are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0029.

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