Another asbestos lawsuit has been added to St. Clair County's asbestos docket.
Anita Palmieri of Ohio filed the first asbestos lawsuit of the year in St. Clair County Circuit Court.
Anita Palmieri is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville.
In her complaint filed Jan. 18, Anita Palmieri alleges 32 defendant companies caused her recently deceased husband, Carmine Palmieri Sr., to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.
Carmine Palmieri Sr. worked as a tile setter and brick layer from 1952 until 1980, according to the complaint.
The defendants should have known of the harmful effects of asbestos, but failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for Carmine Palmieri's safety, the suit states.
As a result of his asbestos-related disease, Carmine Palmieri Sr. incurred medical costs and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, the complaints says. In addition, 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, his wife claims.
Because of Carmine Palmieri Sr.'s death, Anita Palmieri has been deprived of his society and support and incurred substantial funeral and burial costs, according to the complaint.
In her nine-count complaint, Anita Palmieri is seeking a judgment economic damages of more than $50,000, punitive and exemplary damages of more than $50,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000 and punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish the defendants, plus a judgment of more than $50,000 and other relief the court deems just.
At the appellate court in Mount Vernon, justices are hearing an appeal made by defendants in several asbestos cases filed by out of state plaintiffs in St. Clair County. The defendants are arguing that St. Clair County is not an appropriate venue.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-28.