The same couple who filed an asbestos lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court filed an asbestos complaint six days earlier in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Glenn and Joyce Metzger of Othello, Wash. filed a lawsuit against 59 defendant corporations April 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. They filed a similar lawsuit May 3 in Madison County Circuit Court.

In both complaints, the Metzgers allege the defendant companies caused Glenn Metzger to develop mesothelioma after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career as an insulator at various sites from 1953 until 1989.

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 his asbestos-related diseases, Glenn Metzger became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical costs and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, the complaints say. In addition, he claims he became prevented from pursuing his normal course of employment and, as a result, lost large sums of money that would have accrued to him.

In their six-count suit, the Metzgers seek a judgment of more than $100,000, punitive and exemplary damages of more than $100,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000, punitive damages in an amount to sufficiently punish the defendants for their behavior and other relief the court deems just.

David I. Cates and Judy L. Cates of the Cates Law Firm in Swansea will be representing the Metzgers in their St. Clair County lawsuit. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing them in their Madison County lawsuit.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-205.

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