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Albany International Corp., others named in widow's asbestos injury suit

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 9, 2018

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BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges her late husband's lung cancer death was caused by asbestos exposure.

Tarma Girard, individually and as special administrator of the estate of William Girard, deceased filed a complaint on Dec. 21, 2017, in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Albany International Corp., Backmer Pump Co., Certain-Teed Corp. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during plaintiff's decedent William Girard's life, 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 17, 2016, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. He died on Aug. 30, 2017, the suit states.

The plaintiff holds Albany International Corp., Backmer Pump Co., Certain-Teed Corp., and others responsible because the defendants allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that it was toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious to human health and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.

The plaintiff seeks compensatory and economic damages of more 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-763

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The Gori Law FirmSt. Clair County Circuit CourtCertain-Teed CorporationAlbany International Corporation