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Couple names A.O. Smith, others in asbestos lawsuit after wife's cancer diagnosis

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 11, 2018


BELLEVILLE — A couple has filed a lawsuit against a number of companies alleging they didn't exercise due care and caution for the safety of others.

Paula Horton and David Horton filed the complaint March 26 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against A.O. Smith Corp., DAP Products Inc., Warren Pumps LLC and others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that during Paula Horton's career, she was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. On March 28, 2016, she became aware she developed lung cancer and claims it is an asbestos-induced disease. The suit says she has suffered great pain, mental anguish and diminished earning capacity and has incurred expenses for medical care. The plaintiffs hold 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 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-217

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