Another two asbestos lawsuits have been added to St. Clair County’s asbestos docket.


Nicole Lockett of Tulsa, Okla., filed an asbestos lawsuit Feb. 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against 21 defendant corporations while Betty G. Crutchfield of Lake City, Ill., filed a lawsuit Feb. 27 against 41 defendant corporations.

In her complaint, Nichole Lockett alleges the defendant companies caused the recently deceased Randle R. Lockett Sr. to develop mesothelioma after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his father’s career. Randle R. Lockett Sr.’s father worked in the military and at ICBM and Minuteman and MX missile site maintaining and repairing silos, the suit states.

In her complaint, Betty G. Crutchfield says the defendant companies caused the recently deceased Donald Crutchfield Sr. to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.

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 their asbestos-related diseases, Randle R. Lockett Sr. and Donald Crutchfield Sr. became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical costs and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, the complaint says. In addition, they were prevented from pursuing their normal course of employment and, as a result, lost large sums of money that would have accrued, the plaintiff claims. They died due to their diseases, according to the complaint.

In her complaint, Nicole Lockett is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, compensatory damages of more than $200,000, punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish the defendants for their misconduct and other relief the court deems just.

In her complaint, Betty G. Crutchfield is seeking a judgment of more than $300,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000, punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish the defendants for their misconduct and other relief the court deems just.

Both women are being represented by Ethan A. Flint, Jill M. Price, Carson C. Menges, John B. Woelfel, Diane Andrew and Laci Whitley of Flint and Associates in Glen Carbon.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case numbers 14-L-175, 14-L-176.

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