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Another three suits have been added St. Clair County's asbestos docket.

Robert and Nancy Drzymala filed an asbestos lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court on Feb. 8 against 63 defendant corporations; Tommy and Ruth Ann Dickerson filed one on Feb. 8 against 63 defendant corporations; Howard Basso Sr. and Louise Basso filed a suit on Feb. 3 against 60 defendant corporations. None of the plaintiffs specify where they reside.

The three sets of plaintiffs will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville.

In their complaint, the Drzymalas allege the defendant companies caused Robert Drzymala to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.

The complaint does not indicate where the Drzymalas reside; however, it states that Rovert Drzymala worked as a deckhand aboard the U.S.S. Demoise for the U.S. Navy at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinios from 1958 until 1964, as a laborer at Atlas Plastics from 1964 until 1972, as a laborer performing side jobs such as carpentry, siding and roofing from 1964 until the late 1970s and as a pattern maker at Buffalo Forge from 1966 until 1992.

In their complaint, the Dickersons allege Tommy Dickerson developed lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos products during his career as a mechanic and military policeman from 1961 until 1964, as an assembly line worker at Ford Motor Company in Chicago from 1964 until 1966, as an equipment operator at Clement Brothers Construction from 1966 until 1968, as a dock worker at Pacific Intermountain Express in Chicago from 1968 until 1970, as an equipment operator at Anaconda Copper Mine from 1970 until 1973, as a carpenter from 1973 until 1976, as a coal miner at Harrison Construction from 1976 until 1987, as an equipment operator at Buesing Construction from 1987 until 1988, as owner and operator of Dickerson Mobile Home Services from 1991 until 2003 and as a self-employed truck operator at TC Trucking from 2004 until 2012.

The Bassos allege Howard Basso Sr. developed lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos products during his career as a welder/foundry worker at American Motors from 1947 until 1978 and as a caretaker at Radar Base from 1980 until 1981.

The defendants should have known of the harmful effects of asbestos, but failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the plaintiffs' safety, the suits state.

As a result of their asbestos-related diseases, Rober Drzymala, Tommy Dickerson and Howard Basso Sr. became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical costs and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, the complaints say. In addition, they became prevented from pursuing their normal course of employment and, as a result, lost large sums of money that would have accrued to them, they claim.

In their nine-count complaint, the Drzymalas are seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000, economic damages of more than $150,000 and punitive and exemplary damages of more than $100,000, plus other relief the court deems just.

In their nine-count complaint, the Dickersons are seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, punitive and exemplary damages of more than $100,000, economic damages of more than $150,000 and compensatory damages of more than $100,000, plus other relief the court deems just.

In their five-count complaint, the Bassos are seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, punitive and exemplary damages of more than $100,000 and compensatory damages of more than $100,000.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case numbers: 12-L-67, 12-L-76, 12-L-77.

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