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Armstrong Pumps, others named in suit by man who alleges asbestos caused cancer

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 3, 2017


BELLEVILLE – A man alleges asbestos exposure during his military service and career caused him to develop lung cancer.

Johnny Purdy and Audrey Purdy filed a complaint on Sept. 20 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, between 1966 and 2009, Johnny Purdy was exposed to large amounts of asbestos fibers emanating from certain products distributed or installed by the defendants when he served in the U.S. Army and worked as carpenter at various locations. He also alleges he was exposed to asbestos through his father.

As a result, the suit states that he was diagnosed with lung cancer on Sept. 22, 2016, and his wife Audrey Purdy has been deprived of the companionship, society and services of her husband. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendants failed to provide any or adequate warnings to persons working with and around the products of the dangers of inhaling the asbestos fibers contained in them.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages in an amount of more than $50,000. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-539

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