A total of four new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Jan. 19 through Jan. 23.

The following claims were filed:

--Richard Dean and Vivian Byrd claim Richard Dean Byrd developed pleural mesothelioma after serving in the United States Navy from 1962 until 1967 and after working as a burner and ship dock worker from 1967 until 1970 and as a painter from 1974 until 1989. The Byrds are represented by Donald M. Flack of the Flack Law Office in Wood River and by Waters and Kraus in Dallas. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0043.

--Edward Diesko of Missouri, who worked from 1941 until 1942 as a laborer at Amoco, from 1942 until 1946 as a machinist in the U.S. Coast Guard, from 1946 until 1959 as a pipefitter at Amoco and from 1961 until 1979 as a pipefitter and foreman at General Electrics, claims lung cancer. He is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0038.

--Phillip Moore of Tennessee claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased father, Thurman Moore, who served in the Army from March 1945 until February 1946 and who worked from 1946 until 1989 as a maintenance worker and machine operator at Brown Shoe Company. Phillip Moore is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0039.

--Lorelei Stumpf of Oregon claims her recently deceased husband, William Stumpf, developed mesothelioma while working from 1963 until 1970 as a laborer at Al's and Ed's Garage, from 1970 until 1972 as a laborer at Pierce Hardwood Floors and from 1975 until 1979 as a laborer at Jim Walters Doors. Lorelei Stumpf is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0049.

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