An Ohio couple has filed an asbestos suit against 37 defendant corporations, alleging the man wrongfully developed lung cancer because of his exposure to asbestos.

Clinus and Teresa Slone say Clinus Slone discovered that he had lung cancer on May 14.

They will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Alton.

Clinus Slone worked as a laborer, welder and painter from 1976 until 1992, according to the complaint filed May 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

The Slones say Clinus Slone's exposure to asbestos was completely foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defending companies.

Because of his lung cancer, Clinus Slone was disabled and disfigured, incurred medical costs, experienced great physical pain and mental anguish and has lost large sums of money because of his inability to pursue his normal course of employment, according to the complaint.

In addition, Theresa Slone has been deprived of the companionship, society and services of her husband, the complaint says.

The defending companies failed to provide warnings about the dangers of asbestos, failed to provide adequate instructions about the safe use of asbestos and failed to conduct tests on the asbestos, the suit states.

In the 10-count suit, the Slones are seeking a judgment in excess of $200,000 and compensatory damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs the court deems just.

In addition, the Slones are asking the court to award them punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish Sprinkmann Insulation, Sprinkmann Sons Corporation, Sprinkmann Sons Corp. of Illinois, Young Insulation Group of St. Louis and other similarly situated parties for their misconduct.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-278.

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