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Former laborer blames manufacturing companies for his lung cancer


By Lhalie Castillo | Oct 5, 2018

BELLEVILLE — Several companies face a lawsuit over a former laborer's alleged exposure to asbestos.

Carl Schaefer filed a complaint on Sept. 11 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Borg-Warner Corp., John Crane Inc., Union Carbide Corporation and other companies. 

According to the complaint, the plaintiff inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers during his work as a mechanic and construction worker. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in May 2015. He alleges the companies failed to warn him about the dangers of asbestos exposure.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual and compensatory damages of more than $50,000, plus costs, interest and all further relief deemed just and equitable. He is represented by Benjamin R. Schmickle and Matthew C. Morris of SWMW Law LLC in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-591

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Borg Warner Corp John Crane Inc St. Clair County Circuit Court SWMW Law LLC Union Carbide Corp

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