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Daughter alleges father's death was a result of asbestos exposure

By Molly English-Bowers | Feb 7, 2016

BELLEVILLE – A daughter is suing over her father's alleged exposure to asbestos during the course of his working life.

Debbie Bowen, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Roger Dolen, filed the suit Jan. 13 in St. Clair County Court against Dow Chemical Co. and Pneumo Abex Corp., et al. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. is also a named a defendant.

Among the counts against the defendants are negligence, willful and wanton conduct, fraudulent misrepresentation, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress related to the manufacture, distribution and use of asbestos-containing products.

According to the complaint, this asbestos litigation concerns the death of Roger Dolen after he was exposed to, inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed large amounts of asbestos fibers emanating from certain products with which he worked. Those products were also manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants, the lawsuit states.

On Nov. 6, 2014, the complaint states the defendant died from lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease that is caused by asbestos exposure.

The count against Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and Pneumo Abex Corp. involves conspiracy in that the defendants knew that asbestos fibers were a carcinogen, the suit claims, yet they covered up evidence about it.

The plaintiff seeks at least $50,000, punitive damages and exemplary damages for each count. She is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates PC of Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-26

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