Jury brought in, then sent home after lawyers settle asbestos case

Christina Stueve Mar. 21, 2012, 5:52pm


A Madison County jury that had been picked for an asbestos trial was sent home Wednesday afternoon.

The case was brought on behalf Charles Tucker, now deceased, of Alabama. Tucker was employed from the 1960s to 1980s as a construction worker and mechanic at various locations including 17 years in Illinois.

During his employment, he was exposed to and inhaled asbestos fibers from products he worked around, his suit claimed.

Joseph Pryor, Tucker's son and the administrator of his estate, named 57 defendant companies in his lawsuit.

Honeywell International was the last defendant to settle.

Associate Judge Clarence Harrison did not disclose the terms of the settlement.

Honeywell filed a motion Tuesday, requesting the court preclude the plaintiff from offering expert testimony at trial suggesting exposure to asbestos from brakes caused Tucker's mesothelioma.

Honeywell attorney Nicole Behnen of Polsinelli Shughart in Edwardsville wrote that the plaintiff wanted to prove his exposure to Bendix brakes caused his mesothelioma. Bendix is owned by Honeywell.

Maremont Corp., another defendant in the lawsuit, settled on March 14, according to an order signed by Harrison.

The plaintiff was represented by Saville and Flint in Alton.

Luke Mangan, Dennis Dobbels, and Brandy Harty also represented Honeywell.

Madison County case number 08-L-826.

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