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Widow seeks more than $50K in suit over husband's cancer death

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 10, 2018

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BELLEVILLE — A widow is suing a number of companies, claiming they failed to warn her husband about the risks of working with asbestos.

Rebecca Murphy, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Irie P. Murphy, deceased, filed a complaint March 19 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against ABB Inc., Crane Co., Vanderbilt Minerals LLC and others alleging they failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during Irie Murphy's life, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. On Feb. 26, 2015, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which the lawsuit claims was wrongfully caused. He died March 21, 2016. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they 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 plaintiff seeks compensatory and economic 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-195

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The Gori Law FirmSt. Clair County Circuit CourtCrane CompanyAbb Inc.