Former painter, waiter alleges lung cancer from asbestos exposure

By Lhalie Castillo | Oct 26, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A group of manufacturing companies face a lawsuit from a man who claims their products caused his lung cancer.

Robert S. Clifford filed a complaint on Sept. 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Blackmer Pump Co., Sterling Fluid Systems USA LLC, Aurora Pump Company and other defendants.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers during his jobs as a painter, waiter and driver. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, the complaint states. The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages of more than $50,000 and any further relief that the court may deem appropriate. He is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-632

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