A Kansas man and his wife have filed an asbestos suit against 153 defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which the man was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Robert J. and Betty Wondra claim Robert was diagnosed with the disease Aug. 5, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 26 in Madison County Circuit Court.

They say Robert worked from 1961 until 1963 as a laborer at Kansas Natural Gas & Pipeline and from 1963 until 1994 as a maintenance worker at Arthur Mulligan Power Plant. Robert was also a member of Boilermakers union from 1974 until 1994.

They state Robert's exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants, according to the lawsuit.

They claim his disease was caused after he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers.

The Wondras allege the asbestos-related disease disabled and disfigured Robert and has caused substantial medical costs. Robert also has and will continue to experience physical pain and mental anguish, they claim in the lawsuit.

Mesothelioma hindered and prevented Robert from pursuing his normal course of employment, according to the suit.

As a result, he lost large sums of money, the Wondras claim.

Because of the disease, Betty claims she has been deprived of the companionship, society and services of Robert.

In the 11-count lawsuit, the couple is seeking sums in excess of $100,000, punitive and exemplary damages in excess of $100,000, economic damages in excess of $150,000, compensatory damages in excess of $150,000, and for other relief the Court deems appropriate.

They also seek punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish Ferris Kimball Company, LLC, Sprinkmann Sons Corporation, Sprinkmann Insulation, Inc., and Young Insulation Group of St. Louis for their misconduct and to deter similarly situated parties from committing like acts in the future.

They are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 08-L-878.

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