BELLEVILLE – A man formerly employed by various companies in Rockford and Madison alleges asbestos exposure caused him to develop cancer.

Willis Stam and Donna Stam filed a complaint on Sept. 26 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Certain-Teed Corp., Champaign A & K Insulation Co., Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP, et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during plaintiff Willis Stam's employment from 1952 to 1996, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. They allege that on or about Feb. 8, 2016, they first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. 

The plaintiffs holds Certain-Teed Corp., Champaign A & K Insulation Co., Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP 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 plaintiffs seek damages of more than $50,000. 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-555

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