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Machinist names John Deere Co., others in asbestos suit

By Lhalie Castillo | Mar 2, 2018


EDWARDSVILLE – A man formerly employed as machinist and truck driver alleges exposure to asbestos during his career caused him to develop lung cancer.

Kenneth Bell and Mary Bell filed a complaint on Feb. 16 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Armstrong Pump Co., Carrier Corp., John Deere Co., et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during the course of Kenneth Bell's work form 1964 to 1998, 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 Oct. 23, 2017, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. 

The plaintiffs hold Armstrong Pump Co., Carrier Corp., John Deere Co., and others 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 plaintiffs seek compensatory and punitive damages of more 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-113

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