ST. LOUIS - An additional four asbestos cases have been added to the docket in St. Louis Circuit Court.
On Feb. 28 and Feb. 29, four new complaints were filed in the 22nd Judicial Circuit in the City of St. Louis.
Dennis and Cindy J. Conlogue sued 22 defendant corporations while Ervin Norful Jr., Connie McCall, Pat Coleman, James Norful, Steve Norful, Mary Hawkins and Kim Norful filed a lawsuit against 44 defendant corporations.
Debra Payne, Jordan Foster, Dawn Browning, Kevin Payne, Derek Payne and Erik Payne named 47 companies as defendants. George and Charlotte Moreland filed a lawsuit against 115 defendant corporations.
None of the plaintiffs specify where they reside.
Steven M. Aroesty of the Napoli, Bern, Ripka, Shkolink law firm in Edwardsville brought the suit on behalf of the Conlogues.
Nicholas J. Angelides of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in Alton will be representing the Norful family.
Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates brought the suit on behalf of the Payne family and the Morelands.
In their complaint, the Norful family alleges that the defendant companies caused their mother, Rodessa Norful, to develop long cancer after her exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout her career as a a laborer at Bussmann Manufacturing Company from 1969 until 1980s.
In their complaint, the Payne family alleges Allen Payne developed lung cancer after he was exposed to asbestos fibers during his work as an assembly line worker at General Motors in St. Louis in 1966 and from 1971 until 1985 and as an aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy from 1966 until 1971.
Dennis Conlogue developed lung cancer after working as a union carpenter in Michigan from 1972 until 2004 and as a member of the U.S. Army from 1970 until 1972, according to his complaint.
The Morelands claim George Moreland developed mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos fibers during his career as a laborer at Benny's Auto Sales in Rolla, Mo., from 1963 until 1964, as a laborer at Shorty's Marathon in Dayton, Ohio, in 1964, as an apprentice bricklayer at Scruggs and Jolly Construction Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1966 until 1970, as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1966 until 1970, as a laborer at Union Electric in 1970 and as a laborer at Sprint/United Telephone in Kansas City, Mo., and Overland Park, Kan., from 1971 until 2009.
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 suits state.
As a result of their asbestos-related diseases, Dennis Conlogue, Rodessa Norful, Allen Payne, George Moreland became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical costs and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, the complaint says. In addition, they became prevented from pursuing their normal course of employment and, as a result, lost large sums of money that would have accrued to them, the plaintiffs claim.
Because of Rodessa Norful's and Allen Payne's deaths, their families have incurred funeral costs and have been deprived of their support and society.
In their six-count complaint, the Norful family is seeking actual and compensatory damages of more than $50,000, and punitive and exemplary damages of more than $100,000, plus other relief the court deems just.
In their eight-count complaint, the Payne family is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000, punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish various defendants and to prevent them from committing similar acts in the future, aggravated damages of more than $25,000, punitive and exemplary damages of more than $25,000 and actual and compensatory damages of more than $100,000.
In their eight-count complaint, Dennis and Cindy J. Conlogue are seeking compensatory damages of more than $25,000, actual and compensatory damages of more than $75,000, aggravated damages of more than $25,000 and punitive and exemplary damages of more than $25,000.
In their 12-count complaint, the Moreheads are seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, compensatory damages of more than $50,000, punitive and exemplary damages of more than $50,000, actual and compensatory damages of more than $100,000, economic damages of more than $150,000 and other relief the court deems just.
St. Louis Circuit Court case numbers: 12-L-952, 12-L-961, 12-L-968, 12-L-949.