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Widow blames dozens of employers for husband's asbestos-related death

By Molly English-Bowers | Feb 4, 2016

BELLEVILLE – The widow of a former welder is is suing dozens of companies, alleging his death was related to exposure to asbestos fibers.

Alma Singleton, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Curtis Singleton, filed a lawsuit Jan. 13 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Aurora Pump Company and dozens of other defendants, alleging negligence and willful and wanton conduct. Also singled out as defendants are Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Pneumo Abex LLC, for alleged conspiracy and knowingly covering up information.

According to the complaint, most of Curtis Singleton's working life was as a carman/welder/inspector at Cotton Belt/Southern Pacific and as a laborer at Burlington Northern. At various times during his work, the suit says, he was exposed to, inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed large amounts of asbestos fibers.

The suit alleges those products were manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants.

The deceased first became aware he had developed lung cancer, caused by asbestos exposure, on June 18, 2013. He died Aug. 3, 2013.

Alma Singleton seeks least $50,000 from each defendant for each count, punitive damages and court costs. She is represented by attorneys Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-24

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