Daughter blames users of asbestos products for mother's death

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 20, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A daughter is suing Borg-Warner Morse, TEC and dozens of companies that use asbestos products, alleging failure to warn and negligence in the death of the plaintiff's mother.

Barbara Keith, individually and as special representative of the estate of Iona Mitchell, deceased, filed a complaint Dec. 5 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Borg-Warner Morse, TEC LLC and dozens of other companies, alleging failure to exercise due care and caution for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, at various times during Iona Mitchell's career, which began in 1975, she was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. 

The suit says on June 9, 2017, Mitchell first became aware that she had developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. Mitchell died June 29, 2017. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew the fibers had toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious effects to human health and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.

Keith seeks trial by jury, actual and compensatory damages of more than $50,000 and any further just and equitable relief. She is represented by attorney Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case number 18-L-778

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