13 new asbestos claims filed in Madison County March 23-27

By Kelly Holleran | Apr 1, 2009

Gori A total of 13 new asbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of March 23 through March 27.

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A total of 13 new asbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of March 23 through March 27.

The following claims were filed:

--Richard L. and Loretta Bell of Texas claim Richard L. Bell contracted Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma after his work as a laborer in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1945, as a loader at Shell Oil Co. from 1947 until 1952, as a district manager at Stahly Cartage Company from 1955 until 1973 and as president at Kaney Transportation from 1973 until 1994. The Bells are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-307.

--Valdis D. Bross of Indiana, a chemical engineer from 1963 until 1968, a maintenance engineer from 1968 until 1969, a maintenance worker from 1969 until 1971, a maintenance and technical service engineer from 1971 until 1975, a pump and compressor salesperson from 1975 until 1982 and a maintenance and repair engineer from 1982 until 2008, claims mesothelioma. Bross is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-302.

--Ladd and Joan Butler of Arizona claim Ladd Butler developed mesothelioma after his work as a meat cutter from 1938 until 1942, from 1946 until 1951 and from 1951 until 1956, as a cook from 1943 until 1946, as a general contractor from 1947 until 1983 and as a home remodeler from 1955 until 1957. The Butlers are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Alton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beane of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-293.

--George and Melody Crossland of Tennessee claim George Crossland developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, self-employed contract carpet installer and self-employed contracted commercial building cleaner from 1958 until 2009. The Crosslands are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-316.

--William Fredrick and Jean Dolle of Illinois claim William Fredrick Dolle developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, bricklayer, drywaller, roofer and floortiler from 1947 until 1994. Dolle is represented by John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Aaron J. Deluca and Erik P. Karst of Deluca and Nemeroff of Spring, Texas, will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-299.

--Harry J. Ferdinand of Louisiana, a laborer and member of the United Steel Workers Local Union from 1966 until 2006, claims mesothelioma. Ferdinand is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-317.

--Thomas Fite of Missouri claims pleural plaque on behalf of his recently deceased father, Wesley Fite, who worked as a laborer, fireman and miner from 1946 until 1977. Thomas Fite is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-292.

--William and Glynda Gibbs of Mississippi claim William Gibbs developed mesothelioma after his work from 1955 until 2009 as a mechanic, farmer and truck driver. The Gibbs are represented by Shane F. Hampton, Paul M. Dix and Courtney Gregory of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-315.

--Jeff Hanson of Illinois claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased father, Harry Hanson, who worked as a laborer from 1943 until 1987. Jeff Hanson is represented by John A. Barnerd and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-298.

--Kat Kreag of Indiana claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased mother, Margaret L. McCarthy, who worked as a switchboard operator at Indiana Bell Telephone. McCarthy was also exposed to asbestos through her father's and husband's work for Indiana Harbor Belt Rail Raod from 1965 until 1977, according to the complaint. Her father also brought asbestos fibers home on his clothes after his work for Carson Prarie Scott, the suit states. Kreag is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-301.

--Elizabeth Manach of Massachusetts claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Gregory A. Manach, who served in the U.S. Army from 1967 until 1973, a carpenter from 1970 until 1975 and from 1977 until 1978, a butcher from 1975 until 2007 and an electricians assistant from 1993 until 1994. Elizabeth Manach is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-291.

--Charles Lee and Peggy Sue Riden claim Charles Lee Riden developed mesothelioma after his work as a brake mechanic and mechanic at Riden's Garage from 1934 until 1952, as a shadetree mechanic from the 1950s until the 1970s and as an engineman and fireman in the U.S. Navy from 1952 until 1974. The Ridens are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Alton. W. Mark Lanier, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget Baragona and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-314.

--Deanne Ritch of Georgia, a laborer, cord board operator, clerk and manager from the 1960s until 1995, claims mesothelioma. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband's work from 1964 until 1983 as an engineer at Western Electric Company, according to the complaint. She is represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of SimmonsCoooper in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-312.

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