BELLEVILLE – A couple is seeking damages over allegations the husband's cancer was caused by asbestos exposure.
Bernice Pippin Jr. and Myra Pippin filed a complaint on Sept. 27 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against AERCO International Inc., Cleaver-Brooks, The Coca-Cola Co., et al. alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during plaintiff Bernice Pippin Jr.'s work from 1956 to 2005, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. He also alleges he was exposed to asbestos through his parents.
They allege that on or about Oct. 27, 2016, they first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused.
The plaintiffs holds AERCO International Inc., Cleaver-Brooks, The Coca-Cola Co., 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 and seek compensatory damages 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-560