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Man's lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure from 4520 Corp., others' products, widow claims

By Lhalie Castillo | Sep 5, 2017

BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges her husband's exposure to asbestos during his career caused him to develop lung cancer.

Ann Boknevitz, individually and as special representative of the estate of Leonard Boknevitz, deceased filed a complaint on Aug. 21 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against 4520 Corp. Inc., ABB Inc., Albany International, et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that during Leonard Boknevitz's employment from 1962 to 2015, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. As a result, he was caused to develop lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease and died on March 14, the suit states.

The plaintiff holds 4520 Corp. Inc., ABB Inc., Albany International, 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 plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages of more than $50,000. She is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-L470

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