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Daughter alleges man's lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure

By Lhalie Castillo | Mar 5, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A woman alleges her father's cancer-related death was caused by asbestos exposure during his career.

Kristi Hester, individually and as special representative of the estate of Billy J. Smith, deceased filed a complaint on Feb. 23 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Arconic Inc., The Budd Corp., Maremont Corp., et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during Smith's life, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. She alleges that on or about Feb. 23, 2016, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, which ultimately led to his death on July 1, 2016. 

The plaintiff holds Arconic Inc., The Budd Corp., Maremont Corp., 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 health and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual and compensatory 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 18-L-128

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