BELLEVILLE — A widow is suing dozens of companies, alleging their negligence led to the death of her husband from asbestos exposure. 

American Optical Corp., Ameron International Corp., Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., Armstrong International Inc., et al, asbestos products manufacturers, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Carmen Soy, individually and as special administrator of the estate of John Soy, deceased filed a lawsuit Aug. 23 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against American Optical Corp., Ameron International Corp., Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., Armstrong International Inc., et al, alleging failure to exercise due care and caution for the safety of John Soy.

According to the complaint, during the course of John Soy's employment, beginning in 1957 as a U.S. Air Force weapons mechanic, he was exposed to, inhaled and/or absorbed large amount of asbestos fibers emanating from certain products he was working with. On Jan. 15, 2015, the suit says, he first became aware that he had developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, which ultimately lead to his death April 4, 2016. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants negligently included asbestos in their products, failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions and failed to conduct tests on the asbestos-containing products they manufactured.

Carmen Soy seeks trial by jury, compensation of more than $50,000 from each defendant, plus compensation for her husband's injuries of more than $50,000. She is represented by attorneys Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-448

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