New asbestos suit filed in St. Clair County

By Kelly Holleran | May 8, 2013

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

Neda Flake-Mays as special administrator of the estate of John Mays filed an asbestos lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court. Flake-Mays does not specify where she lives.

She is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville.

In her complaint filed April 4, Flake-Mays alleges 60 defendant companies caused Mays to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.

Mays worked as a bulldozer driver at Job Corps Cooking from 1963 until 1965, as flooring maker at E.L. Bruce from 1965 until 1967, as a wood paneling maker at Evans Products from 1967 until 1969 and as a chemical mixer and operator at Humko Chemical from 1969 until 1991, according to the complaint. He was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through his father who was a laborer at Nikki Brothers, the suit states.

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, Mays 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 10-count complaint, Flake-Mays is seeking a judgment of more than $150,000, economic damages of more than $200,000, punitive and exemplary damages of more than $50,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000, punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish the defendants, plus costs and  other relief the court deems just.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case numbers: 13-L-178.

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