New lung cancer asbestos case filed in St. Clair County

By Kelly Holleran | Mar 19, 2013


Another asbestos lawsuit has been added to the growing list of cases in St. Clair County’s asbestos docket.

Leonard and Monica Freed filed an asbestos lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court. The Freeds do not specify where they live.

They are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville.

In their complaint filed Feb. 20, the Freeds allege 69 defendant companies caused Leonard Freed to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.

Leonard Freed worked as an apprentice and electrician’s helper for electrical contractor Dan House from 1965 until 1966, worked for Florida Power and Light from 1967 until 1996, worked as a helper
at the Fort Myers plant from 1967 until 1968, worked at the Turkey Point Plant in Homestead, Fla., from 1968 until 1971 and worked as an apprentice mechanic, instructor for control specs and senior
plant technician from 1971 until 1992, according to the complaint.

The defendants should have known of the harmful effects of asbestos, but failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the plaintiffs’ or their deceased relative’s safety, the suit states.

As a result of his asbestos-related diseases, Leonard Freed became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical costs and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, the complaint 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, the plaintiff claims.

In her seven-count complaint, the Freeds are seeking punitive and exemplary damages of more than $150,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000, punitive damages in an amount sufficient
to punish and a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and  other relief the court deems just.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case numbers: 13-L-93.

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