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Estate sues after man's death, claims companies were negligent and failed to warn


By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 25, 2019

BELLEVILLE — An estate representative is suing 3M Company, et al., asbestos products manufacturers, citing alleged failure to warn and negligence.

Christopher M. Clayton, as representative of the estate of Michael D. Clayton, deceased, filed a complaint on Jan. 9 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during Michael Clayton's life, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. On or about July 13, 2016, Michael Clayton first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. He died on Aug. 12, 2017. 

The plaintiff holds 3M Company and other 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 plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages of more than $50,000. He is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville and Jason M. Ministrelli and Erik P. Karst of Karst & von Oiste LLP in Spring, Texas.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 19-L-0025

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3M Company Air & Liquid Systems Inc. Gori Julian and Associates, PC. Karst & von Oiste LLP

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