Madison County asbestos trial settles after jury selection

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Mar 22, 2019

A Louisiana man reached a settlement with Ameron International Corporation following jury selection in a Madison County asbestos trial alleging his wife died from mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure. 

Jury selection began March 14 in Madison County Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs’ courtroom. A settlement was reached by the end of the day. 

Plaintiff Dalton Cantrelle, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Brenda Cantrelle, was represented by attorney Troy Chandler of Chandler McNulty in Texas and Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton. 

Defendant Ameron International was represented by Brian Smith and Jessica Porsperi of Foley & Mansfield in St. Louis. 

On Feb. 10, 2017, the plaintiffs filed the lawsuit prior to Brenda Cantrelle’s death. 

The suit alleged Brenda Cantrelle was exposed to asbestos from 1971 to 1980 when she worked with and around asbestos-containing materials. She also alleged she was exposed when her husband brought asbestos dust home on his clothing from work. The suit further alleged Cantrelle was exposed to asbestos from home and automotive repairs, maintenance work and remodeling. 

Cantrelle was diagnosed with mesothelioma on Sept. 6, 2016. 

Ameron’s last trial in Madison County also ended in a settlement. 

After jurors had been deliberating for two days, Ameronreached a settlement with plaintiff representatives of the estate of Harold Schaberg in September 2018. 

Schaberg worked as an insulator for 30 years at various locations including Shell Oil Company, Clark Oil, Wood River Powerhouse and Amoco. 

According to his complaint, Schaberg became aware that he developed mesothelioma in October 2015 from cumulative exposure to asbestos. He filed suit on March 24, 2016 and died April 27, 2016. 

Schaberg alleged he was exposed to asbestos through Ameron’s Bond Strand piping. 

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