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Daughter files suit against American Biltrite, others over father's cancer death

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 9, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A woman alleges her father's death from lung cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos during his career.

Sonja Qualls, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Albert Qualls, deceased filed a complaint on Dec. 21, 2017, in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against American Biltrite Inc., Borg-Warner Morse TEC LLC, Pneumo Abex LLC, et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during plaintiff's decedent Albert Qualls' career from 1959 to 1981, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested large amount of asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. 

The suit states that on or about Feb. 8, 2017, decedent first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. He died on Feb. 21, 2017, the suit states. 

The plaintiff holds American Biltrite Inc., Borg-Warner Morse TEC LLC, Pneumo Abex LLC, 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 plaintiff seeks compensatory damages of no less than $50,000. She is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-762

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