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Widow alleges dozens of companies caused her husband's asbestos-related death

By Michael Abella | Sep 19, 2016

BELLEVILLE — A widow is suing dozens of companies, alleging their negligence led to her husband being exposed to dangerous asbestos particles. 

Doris Simmons, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Gregory Simmons, deceased, filed a lawsuit Aug. 22 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Armstrong Pumps Inc., Borg-Wagner Morse TEC LLC, The Bud Company, CBS Corp., et al, alleging failure to exercise ordinary care and caution for Gregory Simmons.

According to the complaint, during the course of Gregory Simmons' employment, that started with the U.S. Army in 1965, he was exposed to, inhaled and/or absorbed large amount of asbestos fibers emanating from certain products he was working with. 

The suit says on Oct. 17, 2014, Simmons first became aware he had developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, which ultimately led to his death Sept. 7, 2015. Doris Simmons alleges the defendants negligently included asbestos in their products, failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions and failed to conduct tests on the asbestos-containing products they manufactured.

Simmons seeks trial by jury, economic damages of more than $50,000 from each defendant, plus compensation for her husband's injuries of more than $50,000. 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-447

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