Kelly Holleran Oct. 29, 2013, 8:03am

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

Arlon J. Hobbs filed an asbestos lawsuit Sept. 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against 63 defendant corporations. Hobbs does not specify where he resides.

He is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville.

In his complaint, Hobbs alleges the defendant companies caused him to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.

Hobbs worked as a die maintenance worker at General Motors from 1950 until 1956 and from 1960 until 1961, as a furnace builder at Tip Welch Die Casting from 1957 until 1961, as a maintenance worker at Acme Brick from 1962 until 1964, as a maintenance worker at Curtis Mathes from 1964 until 1965, as a maintenance worker and furnace builder at Glenvale Die Casting from 1965 until 1972 and as a self-employed general maintenance worker from 1972 until 2012, 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 diseases, Hobbs became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical costs and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, the complaint says. In addition, he was prevented from pursuing his normal course of employment and, as a result, lost large sums of money that would have accrued to him, the plaintiff claims.

In his three-count complaint, Hobbs is seeking a judgment of more than $150,000.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case numbers: 13-L-503.


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