EDWARDSVILLE – Multiple estate
administrators have sued over the alleged wrongful deaths of their
family members, alleging the deaths were caused by environmental contamination.
Gene Maxwell, special administrator of
the estate of Betty Jean Maxwell, et. al., filed the suit April 12 in
St. Clair County Circuit Court against Cerro Flow Products, and other
This suit alleges that an affected area
in St. Clair County was knowingly contaminated by actions of the
defendants. The deceased plaintiffs lived in the affected area, according to
Cerro Flow Products, which engaged in
copper recycling at the site, scrapped PCB transformers, drained
manufacturing wastewater and PCB oil into a creek on the property
and landfilled contaminated substances on the property, the suit
According to the complaint, the
defendants should have known their conduct was causing the release of
huge amounts of carcinogenic and life-threatening substances into the
environment, but they continued doing so, never warning the residents
of adjacent communities of the health risks.
The plaintiffs seek judgment for
wrongful death, negligence, hazardous activity and battery in
an amount in excess of $50,000 plus court costs. They further demand
a trial by jury and other relief the court deems just and proper.
They are represented by Gregory A. Cade
of Environmental Litigation Group PC in Birmingham, Ala.; Paul G.
Schoen of Schoen Law Firm PC in Belleville; Christopher Cueto of the
Law Office of Christopher Cueto Ltd. in Belleville; and Lloyd A.
Cueto of the Law Office of Lloyd A. Cueto PC in Belleville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case