BELLEVILLE – A widow is suing dozens of companies, alleging her husband died after continual exposure to asbestos-containing products.
Jeannie Langley, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Allen Langley, filed the lawsuit Jan. 21 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Armstrong Pumps Inc., Dow Chemical Company, 3M Company and Union Carbide Corporation, among many other listed defendants, alleging negligence, willful and wanton conduct, fraudulent misrepresentation, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In addition, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Pneumo Abex Corporation received their own count, alleging both knew of the dangers of asbestos exposure yet conspired to remove mention of said dangers from printed materials over which they had control.
The suit says for 28 years Allen Langley worked as a laborer and assembler, and was secondarily exposed to asbestos-containing products through his father whose worked exposed him as well. At various times during the course of Langley's work, the suit states, he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or absorbed large amounts of asbestos fibers contained in products he worked with, and which were manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants.
However, the lawsuit notes, his exposure occurred at different times and not necessarily throughout his entire career with any one defendant. On April 1, 2014, Langley became aware he had developed lung cancer, a disease induced by asbestos exposure, the complaint says, and he died March 21, 2015.
Before he died, the suit says, Langley spent large sums of money on medical care, experienced physical pain and mental anguish, was unable to pursue his normal course of work--thereby losing money that otherwise would have accrued to him and his estate. The complaint says his family has been deprived of his means of support, and monies from his estate were used to pay for his funeral and burial.
Jeannie Langley seeks judgment of at least $50,000 from each defendant and for each of the six counts against them for economic damages. 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-38