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Man who worked in the Peoria area alleges asbestos exposure caused cancer

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 24, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A man who worked for various employers in the Peoria area during his career alleges he was exposed to asbestos and developed cancer as a result.

Robert Pullium and Patsy Pullium filed a complaint on Jan. 17 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Armstrong Pumps Inc., Continental Grain Co., Rust International Inc., et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during plaintiff Robert Pullium's employment from 1955 to 1982 at various locations in Peoria, 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 Sept. 23, 2016, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. Plaintiff Patsy Pullium alleges she was deprived of the society and services of her husband. 

The plaintiffs hold Armstrong Pumps Inc., Continental Grain Co., Rust International Inc., et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly intentionally 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 compensatory and punitive damages of more than $50,000 for each of them. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-33

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