Kelly Holleran Nov. 19, 2012, 10:06am

Teresa Halter filed an asbestos lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court on Oct. 25 against 25 defendant corporations.

Halter will be represented by David Cates of The Cates Law Firm in Swansea. Erik Karst of Karst and von Oiste in Houston will serve of counsel.

In her complaint, Teresa Halter alleges the defendant companies caused her recently deceased husband, John Halter, to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career. Teresa Halter lives in Michigan.

John Halter worked as an auto mechanic in the Detroit area from 1971 until 1974 and as a boiler tender in the U.S. Navy from 1974 until 1978, according to the complaint.

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 his asbestos-related disease, John Halter 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, his wife claims.

John Halter died on March 16, 2011, according to the complaint.

In her three-count complaint, Teresa Halter is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000 and punitive and exemplary damages of more than $50,000.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-572.

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