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Son alleges father's cancer caused by asbestos exposure from Buffalo Air Handling, others' products

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 21, 2018


BELLEVILLE – A son alleges his late father's lung cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos during his career.

Lawrence P. Shiple, individually and special representative of Lawrence C. Shiple, deceased filed a complaint on Feb. 6 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Alfa Laval Inc., Buffalo Air Handling, Cleaver-Brooks, et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during Lawrence C. Shiple's career life, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. The suits states that on or about Oct. 22, 2015, decedent first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. He died on Aug. 13, 2016, the suit states. 

The plaintiff holds Alfa Laval Inc., Buffalo Air Handling, Cleaver-Brooks, et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that it had toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious effect to human's 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 punitive damages of more than $50,000 and all further relief as the court deems appropriate. He is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-87

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