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Son sues six companies over father's cancer-related death

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 11, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A son is suing six companies, claiming they failed to warn about the risks of working with products containing asbestos.

Michael H. Payne, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Edward Payne, deceased, filed a complaint March 16 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Chambers Gasket & Manufacturing Co., Chicago-Wilcox Manufacturing Co., Formosa Plastics Corp., H.B. Fuller Construction Products, J-M Manufacturing Co. and Tenneco Automotive Operating Co., alleging they breached their duties to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that while Edward Payne was working, including jobs at St. Louis Shipbuilding and Steel and on construction sites in St. Clair County, he was exposed to asbestos fibers. On Jan. 5, 2017, he became aware that he developed mesothelioma and died Feb. 14, 2017. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they 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 seeks compensatory and economic damages of not less than $50,000. He is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-192

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