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Couple alleges husband's lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure

By Lhalie Castillo | May 15, 2018

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BELLEVILLE — A couple is suing a number of companies, alleging they failed to warn of the risks of being exposed to asbestos.

Cornelius Butler and Doris Butler filed a complaint May 9 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against BMI Refractory Services Inc., Cooper Industries LLC, Tenova Core Inc. and others alleging they breached their duties to exercise due care and caution for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that during Cornelius Butler's career from 1955 to 1997, he was exposed to asbestos fibers from certain products the defendants manufactured, sold, distributed or installed. The suit claims that on Sept. 5, 2016, he learned he developed lung cancer and claims it is an asbestos-induced disease that was wrongfully caused. The lawsuit also claims Doris Butler has been deprived of the companionship of her husband. The plaintiffs hold BMI Refractory Services, Cooper Industries, Tenova Core and others responsible because they allegedly included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew the fibers negative effects on human health and did not provide adequate warnings and instructions about the risks of working with or near products with asbestos fibers.

The plaintiffs seek compensatory 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-320

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Gori, Julian & Associates PCSt. Clair County Circuit CourtBMI Refractory Services Inc.Cooper Industries, LLCTenova Core Inc.