New asbestos suit filed in St. Clair County

Kelly Holleran May 23, 2011, 6:12am


Another asbestos lawsuit has been added to the St. Clair County asbestos docket.

Richard and Barbara Jacobs filed the 13th asbestos lawsuit of the year in St. Clair County Circuit Court. The Jacobs do not state where they reside.

The Jacobs are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville.

In their complaint filed April 20, the Jacobs allege 42 defendant companies caused Richard Jacobs to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.

Richard Jacobs worked as a foreman at TRW Inc. Metals Division from 1957 until 1971, as a melting supervisor at Advance Casting from 1972 until 1973, as a foundry foreman from 1973 until 1974 and as a laborer at Teledyne Cast Products from 1974 until 1999, according to the complaint.

The defendants should have known of the harmful effects of asbestos, but failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for Richard Jacobs's safety, the suit states.

As a result of his asbestos-related disease, Richard Jacobs became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical costs and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, the complaint says. In addition, he became prevented from pursuing his normal course of employment and, as a result, lost large sums of money that would have accrued to him, he claims.

Because of her husband's disease, Barbara Jacobs claims she has lost her spouse's companionship, society and services.

In their 10-count complaint, the Jacobs are seeking a judgment of more than $200,000, plus punitive and exemplary damages of more than $150,000, economic damages of more than $50,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000 and punitive damages in an amount to punish the defendants for their misconduct..

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-202.

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