BELLEVILLE – A man alleges that his exposure to asbestos caused him to develop lung cancer.

John McMullen and Ada Quintanilla filed a complaint on Nov. 9 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against A.O. Smith Corp., Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., AT&T Corp., et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during John McMullen's employment from 1960 to 2009, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. The suit states that on or about May 11, John McMullen first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. 

The plaintiffs holds A.O. Smith Corp., Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., AT&T Corp., 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 seek damages of more than $50,000. They are represented by Randi L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-665

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