BELLEVILLE — An estate special administrator is suing American Optical Corp., Ameron International Corp., Armstring Pumps, Inc., Atlantic Richfield Company, Aurora pump Company, BASF Catalyst LLC and multiple other companies, citing alleged battery, conspiracy, negligence, manufacturing defect and fraudulent misrepresentation in connection with asbestos exposure.
Cynthia Osborne, individually and as special administrator for the estate of Gale Osborne, deceased, filed a complaint on May 11 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging that they failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of decedent and all others working with products containing asbestos.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 19, 2014, decedent first became aware that he had developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, which led to his death on July 6, 2014. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew or should have known that asbestos fibers are toxic and poisonous, failed to provide adequate instructions and warnings, and failed to conduct tests on the asbestos-containing products manufactured.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants in a sum in excess of $50,000 and compensation for economic damages. She is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16L257