BELLEVILLE – A woman alleges asbestos exposure during her employment and through her family members caused her to develop lung cancer.

Verlene Broughton filed a complaint on Sept. 13 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Borg-Warner Morse TEC LLC, Cleaver-Brooks, Cooper Industries LLC, et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during her career and through her husband and father, she was exposed to and inhaled asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. As a result, she alleges she first became aware that she has developed lung cancer on April 26, an asbestos-induced disease. 

The plaintiff holds Borg-Warner Morse TEC LLC, Cleaver-Brooks, Cooper Industries LLC and others 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 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-510

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