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Asbestos suit claims companies failed to warn of risks to workers

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 3, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A couple is suing multiple corporations for allegedly failing to warn of the dangerous effects of asbestos.

James H. Roach and Peggy Roach filed a complaint Oct. 17 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against A.W. Chesterton Inc., Armstrong International Inc., Armstrong Pumps Inc., et. al., alleging the defendants failed their duty to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of those working with and around asbestos-containing products.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that between 1970 and 2004, James Roach worked as a laborer and was exposed to, inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed large amounts of asbestos fibers from certain products distributed or installed by the defendants. 

As a result, James Roach claims he was diagnosed with lung cancer on May 10, which deprived Peggy Roach the companionship, society and services of her husband. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendants failed to provide any or adequate warnings of the dangers of inhaling, ingesting or absorbing asbestos fibers in such products.

The plaintiffs seek judgment for a sum in excess of $50,000 which will fairly and reasonably compensate for the injuries. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-607

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