South Carolinian files asbestos case in St. Clair County

Kelly Holleran Jul. 27, 2011, 2:23am


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

Marcie Armstrong of South Carolina filed the 15th asbestos lawsuit of the year in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

She is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville and by Erik Karst of Karst and von Oiste in Houston..

In her complaint filed June 30, Armstrong alleges 16 defendant companies caused her to develop lung cancer after her exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout her career.

Armstrong worked as a laborer at Presto Manufacturing Company in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1974, according to the complaint. In addition, she was exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, who worked as a laborer and molder at Presto from 1953 through the early 1980s, the suit states.

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

As a result of her asbestos-related diseases, Armstrong says she became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical costs and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish. In addition, she claims she became prevented from pursuing her normal course of employment and, as a result, lost large sums of money that would have accrued to her.

Associate Judge Andrew Gleeson presides over the asbestos docket. In June he dismissed four asbestos cases on defendants' forum non conveniens motions.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-341.

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