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Shade tree mechanic blames illness on asbestos exposure

By Michael Abella | Oct 21, 2016

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BELLEVILLE — A man who worked at a brake shop, as a laborer, as a shade tree mechanic as well as ome remodeling projects is suing Akebono Brake Corp., Allfax Products LLC, American Honda Co. Inc., Arvinmeritor Inc., et. al., alleging negligence that exposed him to asbestos fibers in the course of his work.

Roosevelt Williams filed a complaint on Sept. 23, in St. Clair County Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging that they failed to exercise reasonable caution for his safety and that of others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 23, 2015, he first became aware that he had developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that he has suffered and continues to suffer great pain and mental anguish and medical expenses. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly negligently included asbestos in their products when adequate substitutes were available and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions on the safe methods of working with products containing asbestos.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants in excess of $50,000 and for additional compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages in an amount of more than $50,000. He is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-502

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