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Widow files suit against Copes Vulcan Inc., others over husband's death

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 26, 2017

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EDWARDSVILLE – A widow alleges her late husband's lung cancer death was caused by asbestos exposure during his career.

Gina West, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Ennis Edward West, deceased filed a complaint on Dec. 6 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Albany International Corp., Borg-Warner Morse TEC LLC, Copes Vulcan Inc., et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during Ennis Edward West's employment from 1970 to 2000, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested large amounts of asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. The suit states that on or about June 3, 2016, decedent first became aware the he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. He died from the said disease on May 17, the suit states.

The plaintiff holds Albany International Corp., Borg-Warner Morse TEC LLC, Copes Vulcan Inc., et al. 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 plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks economic damages of more than $50,000. She is represented by Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-727

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The Gori Law FirmSt. Clair County Circuit CourtAlbany International CorporationBorg-Warner Morse TEC LLCCopes Vulcan Inc.