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Former Pacific Bell employee alleges lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 5, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A man stationed at a Chicago naval base in the 1960s and who also worked at Pacific Bell alleges asbestos exposure caused him to develop lung cancer.

Arlie Bales Jr. and Diane Bales filed a complaint on Jan. 23 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against AT&T Corp., Crosby Valve LLC, Eastman Chemical Co., et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during Arlie Bales Jr.'s military career and employment from 1963 to 1998, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested large amounts of asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. He alleges that on or about July 25, 2016, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. 

The plaintiffs holds AT&T Corp., Crosby Valve LLC, Eastman Chemical Co., 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 damages of no less than $50,000. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-45

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