BELLEVILLE – A couple has filed suit against several manufacturers over allegations that the husband now has lung cancer because of exposure to asbestos.
Charles Reach and Elizabeth Reach filed a complaint on Aug. 8 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Armstrong Pumps Inc., Aurora Pump Co., Borg-Warner Morse TEC LLC, CBS Corp., et al alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that during plaintiff Charles Reach's employment from 1964 to 1980 as a welder at Pullman Standard, he was exposed to and inhaled asbestos fibers from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. As a result, he was diagnosed with lung cancer in March 2, 2017, an asbestos-induced disease, the suit states.
The plaintiffs holds Armstrong Pumps Inc., Aurora Pump Co., Borg-Warner Morse TEC LLC, CBS Corp., et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly negligently included asbestos fibers in their products when adequate substitutes were available and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendants of more than $50,000, which they allege will fairly and reasonably compensate for the injuries. They are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-432