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Mesothelioma Asbestos inIllinois


 

We connect you with experienced Mesothelioma Asbestos lawyers in Illinois. If have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or an Asbestos related illness we can help you file a claim.

Illinois residents and workers diagnosed with Mesothelioma and other Asbestos related diseases in Illinois have legal options and may seek financial compensation through a Mesothelioma lawsuit.

Illinois Mesothelioma Quick Facts

·        The state of Illinois is ranked 6th in the U. S. for Mesothelioma deaths.

·        The state of Illinois ranked 17 in the U. S. for Mesothelioma mortality rate during 1999-2005.

·        The state of Illinois age-adjusted Mesothelioma death rate is 13.39 deaths per million.

·        The state of Illinois reported 1,731 asbestos-related deaths during 1999-2005.

·        The state of Illinois reported 892 malignant Mesothelioma deaths during 1999-2005.

·        More than 372,776 tons of asbestos asbestos–containing vermiculite was shipped 30 locations throughout the state of Illinois during 1948-1990.

·        Asbestos has been linked to ovarian cancer in Illinois.

Ifyou have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, or a family member has died from Mesothelioma or an asbestos-related cancer in Illinois we can help you file a Mesothelioma lawsuit. Mesothelioma is a rare, deadly cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos.


Mesothelioma Settlements in Illinois

·        Bloomington, Illinois Pipefitter was awarded $90 million from 4 asbestos companies.

·        Cook County, Illinois electrician awarded 3.5 million Mesothelioma settlement.

·        Illinois Shell Oil Refinery worker awarded 35.1 million Mesothelioma settlement.

·        Cook County, Illinois Insulator 12.3 Million settlement.

·        Illinois powerhouse worker awarded $2 million Mesothelioma settlement.

·        Illinois Steelworker awarded $3.2 million Mesothelioma settlement.

·        63-year-old Illinois Coast Guard Veteran was awarded 8 Million Mesothelioma Award.

·        A HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) worker was awarded $3.7 Million Mesothelioma settlement.


Mesothelioma Symptoms

 

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers or dust.

Early Mesothelioma symptoms can include;

·        Shortness of breath

·        Constant chest or abdominal pain

·        Chronic or persistent dry cough

·        Loss of appetite

·        Night sweats

·        Weight loss

·        Fluid build up in lungs

·        Bowl obstruction

·        Foot swelling

·        Constant nausea

·        Mesothelioma is defined in 4 stages based on severity

Mesothelioma symptoms can appear 20-40 years after first initial exposure to asbestos. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should immediately contact your doctor. We can help you file a Mesothelioma lawsuit.


Mesothelioma Lawyer in Illinois

Filing a Mesothelioma lawsuit against the asbestos companies that are responsible for your asbestos exposure will help you with medical costs including pain and suffering associated with an asbestos-related illnesses. An Illinois Mesothelioma lawyer can help you pursue compensation for the following:

  • Lost income
  • Medical bills
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Loss of Spousal Support
  • Group support for yourself and loved ones
  • End-of-life expenses

We help Mesothelioma patients and their families make educated, informed decisions about how to proceed with filing Mesothelioma, Asbestosis and other asbestos-related cancer claims.

We will walk you through the entire process of connecting with an experienced Illinois Mesothelioma Lawyer and also help you find a qualified Illinois Mesothelioma doctor.

 
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Illinois - Mesothelioma Trial News
Appellate judges take sting out of Il
linois opinion

 

OCTOBER 03, 2011 10:42:00 AM

 

BY STEVE KORRIS

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Fourth District appellate judges withdrew a stinging opinion that rejected conspiracy evidence in McLean County mesothelioma trials, and they replaced it with a kinder and gentler rejection.

They denied rehearing of the opinion on Sept. 16, but removed sections that bordered on ridicule of witness Barry Castleman and his asbestos conspiracy theory.

They also removed statements overruling two of their own precedents, replacing them with statements that they declined to follow the precedents.

They stood by their conclusion that companies didn't have to publish a report on tumors in mice 60 years ago because the author told them it meant nothing.

"It cannot be unlawful to hide information that is devoid of significance," Justice Thomas Appleton wrote in both opinions.

Castleman has testified at many trials for clients of Bloomington lawyer James Wylder, who seeks to hold current businesses responsible for deeds of dead men.

Verdicts keep growing, reaching a peak of $90 million earlier this year.

In the case the Fourth District decided, jurors awarded $2 million in compensatory damages to Juanita Rodarmel.

They awarded punitive damages of $400,000 against Honeywell International as successor to brake maker Bendix, and $100,000 against Pneumo Abex, successor to American Brake and Block.

Circuit Judge Scott Drazewski reduced compensatory damages to $183,333, after subtracting amounts other defendants had paid to settle Rodarmel's claims.

This July, Appleton and Justices John McCullough and John Turner found Drazewski should have entered judgment for Honeywell and Abex.

Appleton wrote that the mouse study meant nothing because it lacked controls.

"Castleman appears to take the position that if the eight or nine tumorous mice had been disclosed in the January 1951 article in the American Medical Association archives of industrial hygiene and occupational medicine, they would have been widely regarded as legitimate and persuasive evidence of a relationship between asbestos and cancer," Appleton wrote.

He wrote that later in his testimony, Castleman mentioned the necessity of adequate controls.

"Castleman did not explain how, in the absence of the controls he described, the tumorous mice 'would have gone a long way to really sealing the acceptance of asbestos as a cancer causing substance,'" he wrote. "Nor did he explain how the representations of cancer would have been publishable with the apparent contradiction between Gardner's experimental notes and his reputed cancer findings unresolved.

"More to the point, perhaps, it was unclear what qualifications, if any, that Castleman had in the field of pathology and, more specifically, in cancer experimentation with mice.

"He apparently was not a medical doctor or a veterinarian. We are unaware that he had any expertise in pathology.

"It also is unclear what bases, if any, he had for his opinion, especially in light of his later remarks on the importance of controls."

All these comments disappeared when he modified the opinion.

In the new version he wrote, "We readily admit that we are not experts in asbestos litigation and that counsel knows a lot more about this case than we ever will, but for the benefit of the uninitiated, it would seem that some explanation of this discrepancy would be necessary for a basic understanding of the case."

He also retracted a wisecrack he aimed at Drazewski for allowing evidence that asbestos manufacturer Johns-Manville helped Bendix write a position paper.

In the original opinion he wrote, "If this paper is evidence of a conspiracy, so is the New England Journal of Medicine."

In the modified opinion he wrote, "This was not a wrongful thing to do."

 

http://www.legalnewsline.com/news/234011-appellate-judges-take-sting-out-of-illinois-opinion

 

 
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Illinois – Asbestos Medical– Asbestos Linked to Ovarian Cancer

Asbestos linked to ovarian cancer

09 June 2011 -Sarah Houlton chemistryworld/News/

It's well known that exposure to asbestos causes lung cancer, but there have been suspicions that it could also be linked with ovarian cancer. Now, researchers have shown that there is indeed a causal association between asbestos exposure and ovarian cancer. 

Women exposed to asbestos fibres through work were one-and-three-quarter times more likely to develop ovarian cancer

Over the years, there have been several suggestions that asbestos might be a risk factor in ovarian cancer on top of links to lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. A working group at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently concluded there is sufficient evidence for a causal association, and now a study led by Leslie Stayner, from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, US, confirms it. 

A meta-analysis of 18 studies of women who had been exposed to asbestos through their work was carried out. Earlier studies failed to prove the link because of concerns that tumours had been mis-classified - until recently it was difficult to discriminate between peritoneal mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Across all the studies, women exposed to asbestos were about one-and-three-quarter times more likely to develop ovarian cancer as those who were not. Particularly high rates were seen in UK women who manufactured gas masks, and thus had been exposed to high levels of the fibres.  

Several mechanisms have been proposed as to how asbestos increases susceptibility to ovarian cancer, mostly involving chronic inflammation caused by fibres persisting in ovarian tissue. It is unknown how the fibres get into the ovaries - they might be transported through the reproductive tract, or fibres may be carried in the bloodstream or lymph system, penetrating the ovary through the mesothelium.  

According to Hilde Langseth, a researcher at the Cancer Registry of Norway, the association between asbestos exposure and ovarian cancer has been an ongoing research question for a long time. 'The meta-analysis performed by Stayner and coworkers is an important quantitative evaluation of this association in occupationally exposed workers,' she says. 'They demonstrate an increase in the pooled estimate for ovarian cancer in relation to exposure to asbestos.' 

However, she adds, even if asbestos use has been forbidden in some countries in the western world since the 1980s, a significant proportion of the world's population still works in environments in which they are exposed to asbestos. 'The authors report that at least 90,000 people die from asbestos-related cancers every year,' she says. 'The need for increased knowledge about the association and the carcinogenesis of ovarian cancer is therefore warranted.' 

Sarah Houlton 

References

M Constanza Camargo et alEnviron. Health. Perspect., 2011, DOI:10.1289/ehp.1003283

http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/News/2011/June/09061104.asp

 
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Illinois – Asbestos Exposure – Illinois Punishes Workers

Illinois Punishes Workers for Employer Deceit

04 June, 2011 09:23:00

 

Republished with permission from Jon L. Gelman

The efforts by employers, insurance carriers and the Chamber of Commerce in Illinois, to take away the rights of injured workers and strip them of benefits may have all been based on Industry fraud. Recently obtained documents, secured under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), reveal that the employer’s own doctor had in-fact validated the causal relationship of the medical claims of the injured workers to work. 

 

A campaign in Illinois by Industry to dismantle the State’s workers’ compensation system was triggered and flamed by a story appearing in a local newspaper asserting that several correction officers had filed fraudulent claims for repetitive motion trauma to their hands. The local news report insinuated that the claims could not have been credible. 

 

The story, for some suspicious reason, was disseminated in a viral manner on the Internet. Concurrently, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce went on the attack claiming that the workers’ compensation system in Illinois was loaded with fraudulent activities. The Chamber and employers lobbied for legislation to strip injured workers of what little rights they still had under the law. The statutory changes they sponsored reduced ill workers access for benefits, reduced medical treatment expenditures by 30%, and set up a series of hurtles that left the injured without remedy to cure and relieve conditions caused by work. 

 

Even that wasn’t enough. Supporters of the Industry’s draconian legislative effort, have now vowed to return to take away the basic promises granted workers a century ago, that injured workers could obtain the limited and capped scheduled benefits, under a no-fault system. The workers’ compensation system was intended to provide a remedial and expeditious benefit to injured workers in a summary and efficient fashion, without the element of fault being considered. 

 

A hidden report reveals that Anthony E. Sudekum, MD, a Board Certified Hand Surgeon, retained by the employer, State of Illinois Department of Corrections, on March 30, 2011, after and extensive review of the facts, circumstances, inspection of the premises and equipment, and examination of the employees, concluded that, on the job activities contributed to their illness. He wrote, “…I feel that ….work activities at Menard Correctional center served to aggravate…bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and left ulnar neuropathy.” 

 

Furthermore, some contend that the neurological illnesses that appeared at the Menard Correctional Center may have been the result of a mysterious disease cluster that warrants much further investigation instead of a knee-jerk denial. Similarly, a mysterious outbreak of disease in Philadelphia ultimately resulted in the discovery of Legionnaires Disease. Today the US Centers for Disease Control continues to investigate worldwide clusters of gastro-intestinal conditions to determine their potential causal relationship. It is through continued medical research and investigation that we make the workplace healthier, safer and more productive. 

 

We should learn from history. In the past, employers and manufacturers were also caught intentionally concealing the hazards of asbestos, tobacco and lead paint. That left a legacy of disease and death, and billions of dollars of economic loss. One would think that everyone learned from those tragic mistakes. For our nation to survive, employers must take an active roll in improving the health of our workers, and build a stronger system, rather than just deny the hazards of the workplace and blame the injured.

http://www.workerscompensation.com/compnewsnetwork/index.php?news=11079

 
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Illinois – Asbestos Medical– Asbestos Linked to Ovarian Cancer

Asbestos suit faults 15 companies for man's death
6/1/2011 1:00 PM By David Yates 

The wife of the late Milton Deculus has filed suit against American Optical and 14 other companies, alleging the defendants exposed her husband to asbestos and caused his death.

Representing his estate, Frances Jane Deculus filed the suit My 26 in Jefferson County District Court.

The other defendants named in the suit include Chevron USA, Dana Companies, ExxonMobil, Guard-Line, Honeywell International, Huntsman Petrochemical, Ingersoll Rand, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing, Mobil Oil Refining, Owens-Illinois, Oxy USA, Pneumo Abex and Texaco.

According to the lawsuit, Deculus lived in Texas and worked as a laborer, welder and truck driver throughout his career.

The suit does not give dates of employment or locations.

Allegedly, Deculus was exposed to asbestos products during the unspecified employment, which caused him to develop an asbestos illness.

The suit does not state when or how he died.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants negligently manufactured, sold and used asbestos products without warning workers of the dangers.

The plaintiff is suing for exemplary damages and all wrongful death damages allowable under law.

Provost Umphrey attorney Bryan Blevins Jr. represents the plaintiff.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B190-114

http://www.setexasrecord.com/news/235888-asbestos-suit-faults-15-companies-for-mans-death

 
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Illinois – Asbestos Medical– Asbestos Linked to Ovarian Cancer

High court directs appellate court to decide McLean County asbestos cases
5/27/2011 7:44 AM By Steve Karris 

SPRINGFIELD - Fourth District appeals judges in Springfield can't dodge their duty to define duty for 38 asbestos suits against Illinois Central Railroad, the Illinois Supreme Court decided on May 25.

The Court directed the Fourth District to review two orders of McLean County Circuit Judge Scott Drazewski, denying motions to dismiss suits against Illinois Central.

Drazewski ruled that workers at a former asbestos factory in Bloomington could pursue claims that predecessor railroad B & O exposed them to asbestos.

He found they could allege the railroad had a duty to unload boxcars for examination or to warn workers prior to moving boxcars.

Illinois Central applied to the Fourth District for review in December, arguing the litigation violates the Commerce Clause of the U. S. Constitution.

Railroad lawyers presented the question as critical to 36 other cases in McLean County.

Fourth District judges denied leave to appeal in January, and Illinois Central petitioned the Supreme Court for leave to appeal in February.

"Defendant seeks the court's authority to terminate not only this case, but also other pending and future litigation involving Illinois Central," wrote Leslie Shinners, of Boyle Brasher in Belleville.

"A common carrier possesses no duty to examine its cargo, identify any dangerous conditions inherent to the cargo, and notify the consignee and its employees of such conditions," Shinners wrote.

"Illinois Central has consistently obtained favorable results at trial or the cases have been resolved prior to trial," Shinners wrote.

"Despite these favorable results, Illinois Central continues to be named as a defendant in McLean County asbestos litigation," Shinners wrote.

The Justices didn't grant Illinois Central access to their court, but they granted it access to the appellate court around the corner.

Leslie Boyle, Thomas Peters, Mark Kunz, and Shinners, all of Boyle Brasher, represent Illinois Central.

James Wylder and Andrew Kelly of Bloomington represent John Monical, Patricia Monical, and Johnnie Brown in one case, Robert Compton in the other.

http://www.madisonrecord.com/news/235801-high-court-directs-appellate-court-to-decide-mclean-county-asbestos-cases

 
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Illinois – Asbestos Exposure – 1.2 Million Dollar Fine

Exposing Workers to Asbestos Could Cost Illinois Firm $1.2 Million

Federal regulators are seeking $1.2 million in fines from an Illinois advertising-display firm that they say willfully exposed five of its workers to cancer-causing asbestos.

TheU.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday that the employer, AMD Industries, required the five workers to remove asbestos without giving them proper training or protective gear for the job.

The Cicero, Ill., company was cited for 19 willful and eight serious health violations related to an OSHA inspection in December, 2010. A willful violation, the most severe OSHA offense, means that regulators believe that an employer has shown an intentional disregard for the law or plain indifference to employee safety and health

In 2002, AMD found asbestos on boilers, heating units and piping, OSHA said. In late 2010, the company began removing the carcinogenic material.

Employees who, OSHA says, were not trained for the job cut through materials containing 20 percent to 50 percent asbestos with power saws and then swept the dust, allowing it to fly into the air, without adequate respiratory protection.

AMD sent the contaminated pipes to a Chicago scrapyard, and workers there notified the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, which in turn contacted OSHA as well as the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

Workers were not provided with clothing, nor were other steps taken, to prevent them from carrying asbestos to their cars and homes, OSHA said.

“Such disregard will not be tolerated,” U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis said, in the OSHA news release. ”No one should risk serious illness or death to earn a paycheck.”

The company has 15 business days to accept OSHA’s penalties, request a conference with OSHA or contest the agency’s findings. AMD officials could not be reached for comment.

http://www.fairwarning.org/2011/05/exposing-workers-to-asbestos-could-cost-illinois-firm-1-2-million/

 
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Illinois – AsbestosExposure – 33 OSHA Safety Violations

OSHA Issues 33 Notices to Illinois VA Center

May 25, 2011

A veterans’ health care center in North Chicago has received 33 notices of unsafe working conditions from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA Chicago North area office director Diane Turek said Monday that the center “failed to properly ensure” it was in compliance. The center was named the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in October.

Safety violations included lack of guardrails, unmarked exits and electrical equipment that wasn’t inspected. Health violations related to administrative responsibilities regarding bloodborne pathogens and asbestos.

Center spokesman Jonathan Friedman tells the Chicago Tribune that the violations didn’t hurt anyone and workers immediately acted to correct them. Friedman says it’s important for the facility to be in “100 percent” compliance.

 Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not bepublished, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/midwest/2011/05/25/186196.htm

 
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Illinois – Asbestos Company – Union Carbide

Claim of conflict in Union Carbide Asbestos case

5/18/2011 - Reporting by Alison Frankel

Remember when asbestos litigation was the bane of America (or, at least, when every tort reform lobbying group claimed it was)? In the early 2000s, Congress came close to passing legislation that would have removed asbestos suits from the court system. That finally convinced plaintiffs’ lawyers that they’d just about slaughtered their cash cow, so they stopped filing suits for people who hadn’t suffered serious injuries. In recent years, most of the folks bringing asbestos claims have been victims of Mesothelioma —the deadly asbestos-linked lung cancer. Even the most rabid critics have a tough time complaining about unwarranted asbestos litigation by meso victims. 

This spring has seen a string of big asbestos verdicts. In March, a jury in Virginia state court awarded $25 million to a ship repair supervisor with mesothelioma, right after an Illinois jury awarded a whopping $90 million to a former pipefitter with meso. The Illinois verdict prompted predictable outrage from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, but the case was soon eclipsed by a record-setting $322 million verdict against Union Carbide and Chevron Phillips Chemical earlier this month in Mississippi. In that suit, the Smith County state-court plaintiff, Thomas Brown, didn’t even have mesothelioma, but a less pernicious asbestos-related lung disease called asbestosis. 

Why the outsized verdict? On Monday Union Carbide offered up an explanation: The judge overseeing the case,Eddie Bowen of Smith County court, was impermissibly biased because his father was a plaintiff in two other asbestos suits. As Carlyn Kolker reports, the company contends in a May 16 recusal motion that the judge’s father even reached a settlement with Union Carbide in one of those cases, and has pending claims that could benefit from Judge Bowen’s rulings in the Brown case. 

The motion, filed by Union Carbide counselMary Croft ofForman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardycalls for Bowen to vacate the judgment for Brown and step down from the case. Neither the judge nor Brown counselGene Tullos ofTullos & Tullos returned Kolker’s calls. 

(Reporting by Alison Frankel) 

http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/New_York/News/2011/05_-_May/Claim_of_conflict_in_Union_Carbide_case/

 
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Illinois – Railroad Worker – Secondhand Asbestos Expsoure

Illinois Supreme Court deciding 'take home' asbestos case; CSX says if allowed would create 'unlimited universe' of plaintiffs
3/22/2011 8:49 AM By Steve Korris

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Supreme Court Justices must decide whether to allow claims that asbestos caused disease in families of workers who brought fibers home on their clothing.

CSX Transportation seeks to reverse appeals judges who ruled that the railroad should have warned the late Annette Simpkins about hazards her late husband Ronald Simpkins brought home.

"The list of potential plaintiffs is endless," Kurt Reitz, of Thompson and Coburn in Belleville, wrote for CSX in February.

He wrote that in asbestos litigation, "once a duty is recognized, it will quickly become a magnet for new attempts to expand its scope."

Ronald Simpkins worked for B&O Railroad from 1958 to 1964.

He and Annette divorced in 1965.

In 2007, she sued CSX and 72 other companies in Madison County.

She blamed CSX for "take home" exposure, as successor to B&O.

CSX moved to dismiss, denying it owed any duty to warn families of employees.

Annette Simpkins died three months after suing, and Circuit Judge Daniel Stack substituted daughter Cynthia as plaintiff.

At a hearing, CSX argued that only appellate courts or legislatures can create new causes of action.

Stack dismissed the case and said, "It sounds like a great argument for the Supreme Court."

Fifth District judges in Mount Vernon reversed Stack last year, finding B&O should have foreseen a risk to Annette while Ronald worked for the railroad.

"CXS argues that the B&O Railroad did not know of the dangers of take-home asbestos while Ronald Simpkins worked for it," Justice Melissa Chapman wrote.

"The question, however, is not whether the employer actually foresaw the risk to Annette Simpkins; rather, the question is whether, through reasonable care, it should have foreseen the risk," she wrote.

"While apparently the likelihood of contracting mesothelioma or another asbestos related lung disease through take-home exposure varies depending on the duration of exposure, these cases also demonstrate that the likelihood of developing such a disease from anything more than incidental exposure is not remote," she wrote.

"We do not believe that the issue of whether anyone other than a member of an employee's immediate family is owed a duty is before us," she wrote.

"Whether harm to any such person is foreseeable depends on an assessment of circumstances not presented in this case," she wrote.

"While we do not expressly limit the duty to immediate family members, we decide today only that employers owe the immediate families of their employees a duty to protect against take-home asbestos exposure," she wrote.

"Should a proper case arise, we can consider whether the duty extends to others who regularly come into contact with employees who are exposed to asbestos containing products," she wrote.

"Duty is not the equivalent of liability; she must still prove a breach and proximate cause," she wrote.

Justices James Donovan and James Wexstten concurred.

Reitz appealed to the Supreme Court, writing that the decision "creates a specter of massive liability to an unlimited universe of potential plaintiffs."

He wrote that Simpkins died of lung cancer after smoking a pack and a half a day for 41 years.

Heath Hooks, a colleague of Reitz at Thompson Coburn in Belleville, also represents CSX.

So do Michelle Odorizzi of Chicago and Andrew Tauber of Washington, both with the firm of Mayer Brown.

John Barnerd and Amy Garrett, both of John Simmons's firm in East Alton, and Charles Chapman of Lakin Chapman in Wood River, represent Cynthia Simpkins.

http://www.madisonrecord.com/news/234213-illinois-supreme-court-deciding-take-home-asbestos-case-csx-says-if-allowed-would-create-unlimited-universe-of-plaintiffs

 
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Asbestos Company – Owens-Illinois Assessed $40 Million Punitive Damages

U.S. Chamber Reacts to Massive Illinois Asbestos Verdic

WASHINGTON,March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, issued the following statement regarding a$90 million asbestos verdict handed down inMcLean County, Illinois onMarch 11, 2011:

"A jury's decision in aMcLean County, Illinois asbestos case has resulted in a $90 million judgment, believed to be the second highest verdict ever in a mesothelioma case.

"Owens-Illinois was assessed$40 million in punitive damages and Honeywell International Inc. and Pneumo Abex were assessed$20 million each, even though there were no allegations by the plaintiff in the case that he ever worked for, or was exposed to any asbestos-containing materials made by the three companies.

"Instead, the plaintiff had claimed the three companies conspired to conceal information about the health risks of asbestos from their employees, customers and others, a claim the companies vehemently deny and say was not supported by evidence presented at trial.

"This runaway verdict against companies that even the plaintiff admitted did not expose him to asbestos, is the result of the trial court's utter failure to follow the rule of law and controlling precedent.

"How can companies in this country create jobs and energize the economy when they are drained of tens of millions of dollars in abusive litigation in which their products were not even involved?

"The ruling confirms a troubling trend in theState of Illinois where there is a hostile litigation environment that continues to destroy jobs and impair economic growth."

ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial, and educational activities at the national, state, and local levels.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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Illinois - $90 Million Mesothelioma Verdict for Illinois Pipefitter

Owens-Illinois denies asbestos conspiracy claim

Pipefitter Asbestos Lawsuit Results in $90M Mesothelioma Verdict

The Associated PressMarch 14, 2011, 7:06PM ET

Major glass manufacturer Owens-Illinois Inc. said Monday it is disappointed by a jury verdict assessing more than $40 million in damages against it in a case of alleged injuries from asbestos.

Owens-Illinois said it will contest the verdict of a McLean County, Ill., jury if necessary in the state's appeal courts. On Friday, the jury awarded the plaintiff, Charles Gillenwater, a total $90 million in damages against Owens-Illinois and three other companies: Honeywell International Inc., Pneumo Abex and John Crane Inc.

Gillenwater is said to have contracted mesothelioma while working as a pipe fitter in the 1970s at several locations, including Illinois State University, Bridgestone-Firestone and Eureka Co. He accused Owens-Illinois, Honeywell and Pneumo Abex of conspiring to conceal information about the health risks of asbestos from their employees, customers and others.

Mesothelioma, which is cancer in the lining of the chest or abdomen, is associated with exposure to asbestos.

Owens-Illinois said in a statement that it "did not conspire with anyone concerning asbestos health hazards, continues to deny these conspiracy claims, and will challenge this verdict, if necessary, in the Illinois Appellate Courts."

"The company has successfully defended its position in similar cases and is confident of a successful outcome in this matter as well," it said.

Owens-Illinois noted that Gillenwater never worked for it or in any of its plants, and that he did not allege that he was exposed to materials containing asbestos made or sold by the company.

The verdict assessed $40 million in punitive damages against Owens-Illinois and a share of the $9.6 million in compensatory damages imposed on the four companies.

Perrysburg, Ohio-based Owens-Illinois, the world's largest maker of glass containers, said it doesn't expect the case to affect its financial outlook for the year.

Owens-Illinois shares fell $1.30, or 4.2 percent, to end at $29.41 on Monday.

The Associated PressMarch 14, 2011, 7:06PM ET

 
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Illinois – Asbestos Medical– Asbestos Linked to Ovarian Cancer 

Mesothelioma & Legal Battles Continue in Illinois

Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Despite the fact that it has no naturally occurring sources of the cancer-causing mineral asbestos, the state of Illinois has a 30 percent higher rate of mesothelioma than the national average.  Every year 1.3 out of every 100,000 Illinois residents contract the rare cancer, which is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos.  The National Cancer Institute puts the total number of cancer deaths in Illinois between 1979 and 2001 at 1,697. According to the Environmental Working Group, Cook County, Illinois is one of the top reporting counties for asbestos and mesothelioma deaths in the country. 

The state of Illinois is also the site of one-sixth of the asbestos and mesothelioma legal battles in the U.S.  Every year in the U.S., 2,000 to 3,000 people die of mesothelioma..  When those cases go to court, many end up being heard in Madison County, Illinois.  In fact, 480 court dates have been set for asbestos cases in 2011, up from 424 in 2010.

Illinois has been an important industrial center for the U.S. for decades.  Not surprisingly, much of the asbestos  illness in the state is related to industries that thrived there because of its location on the Great Lakes.  Because iron ore could be easily brought in from Minnesota and Michigan, Illinois became the site of steel mills.  As the population of Chicago grew, power plants sprang up to support it and other thriving Illinois communities.  Eventually, oil refineries were also established in Illinois. These three industries are among the most high-risk for asbestos exposure.  In all, more than sixty Illinois businesses – including soft drink giant Pepsi-Cola – have been named in asbestos-related lawsuits.

Asbestos has also proven to be a dangerous problem at the state’s Great Lakes Naval Base.  According to the National Cancer Institute, Navy veterans suffer from mesothelioma at a much higher rate than the general public, due in large part to the heavy use of asbestos as an insulator throughout ships.  Hundreds of thousands of sailors breathed the toxic fibers unknowingly when they worked or lived below decks for months at a time on Navy vessels.  Thousands more workers were exposed to asbestos dust while doing repair work on damaged ships in the shipyard at the Great Lakes Naval Base.

Reports of asbestos-related cancer deaths in Illinois continue to climb, largely because damage from asbestos fibers can occur decades after the exposure.  Mesothelioma is the most lethal of the asbestos-related diseases, which can include other types of lung cancer or asbestosis.  Mesothelioma cancer occurs in the protective lining around organs, especially around the lungs and the abdominal cavity.

Sources:

Mesothelioma Cancer in Illinois, National Program of Cancer Registries, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.  Accessed May 16, 2010.
The Asbestos Epidemic in America, Environmental Working Group website.  Accessed May 12, 2010.
Korris, Steve. “Asbestos trial dates to increase in 2011”, May 6, 2010. The Madison St. Clair Record.

 

 

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Illinois – Railroad Worker – Asbestos Exposure Mesothelioma

Railroad worker sues over asbestos exposure
4/12/2010 8:49 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A former Illinois Central Railroad Company employee has filed suit against the company, alleging he has contracted an asbestos-related disease because of his work for the railroad.

Walter V. Duffy worked for Illinois Central Railroad Company from 1952 until 1995 as a fireman and engineer, according to the complaint filed March 31 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Throughout his work in and around the shops, tracks, roundhouses and yards in Illinois, Duffy was exposed to asbestos dust or fibers, the suit states.

Because of his exposure, Duffy claims he has contracted an asbestos-related disease, has suffered great pain, extreme nervousness and mental anguish and believes his illness is permanent in nature.

Duffy has also incurred medical costs, has sustained a loss of earnings, has experienced a diminished ability to render services, society, affection, counseling and support to his family and has experienced a shortened life expectancy, according to the complaint.

He also has a fear of contracting mesothelioma or another asbestos-caused cancer and has an increased risk of developing one of these diseases, the suit states.

Illinois Central Railroad Company was negligent by failing to provide Duffy with a safe place to work, by failing to furnish him with safe tools,by failing to warn him of the true nature of asbestos-containing products and by failing to operate the locomotive repair facility in a safe condition, according to the complaint.

The railroad also negligently failed to provide instructions or a method for the safe use of asbestos-containing products, the suit states.

Duffy also claims Illinois Central Railroad Company was negligent by failing to provide him with safe and proper ventilation systems and by requiring employees to work with ultra-hazardous products.

The company negligently failed to periodically test Duffy to determine if he was subject to any ill effects, failed to limit access to areas where asbestos-containing products were being used, failed to provide Duffy with a separate locker for clothing worn home and failed to test products before employees used them, according to the complaint.

In his three-count suit, Duffy is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems appropriate.

He is represented by William P. Gavin of the Gavin Law Firm in Belleville, by Kip A. Harbison of Glasser and Glasser in Norfolk and by Willard J. Moody Jr. of Moody, Strople, Kloeppel and Higginbotham in Portsmouth.

http://www.madisonrecord.com/news/224065-10-new-asbestos-claims-filed-in-madison-county-dec.-21-24

 
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Illinois – Asbestos Medical – Asbestos in Illinois High School

Richwoods tests for asbestos in six rooms

More samples to be taken after teacher's own test showed trace

 

By DAVE HANEY (dhaney@pjstar.com)of the Journal Star

Posted Mar 23, 2010 @ 08:36 PM

PEORIA

Classes in six rooms at Richwoods High School are being relocated temporarily this week until tests determine whether dust and powder material contain asbestos.

District 150 officials say several air and material samples were taken in October and again in January during part of a $4 million renovation project. They showed no asbestos or only a trace amount, but lab tests were ordered again this week after a teacher paid for his own test, which detected the presence of asbestos.

“Our priority is to protect our students and staff, that’s why we are testing this again,” District 150 Treasurer Pam Schau said Tuesday, noting the Illinois Labor Department also has been contacted.

Dan Kerns, the teacher who paid to test some of the material himself, agreed the safety of the students and staff is paramount. That is why he had the material tested, he said.

Dust and powder would accumulate in areas around the newly installed windows, Kerns said. He became so concerned that he took samples to Peoria Disposal Co. to be tested.

The results, he said, indicate the total percentage of asbestos in the materials tested was 5 percent. Greater than 1 percent is outide the safe range, he said the lab told him.

An official with PDC said Tuesday the company does test “bulk samples,” which will detect the presence or absence of asbestos, but no longer visits sites and determines risk factors. PDC’s laboratory is also no longer accredited as a certified public health lab.

Bruce Witzig, District 150’s director for buildings and grounds, said five samples were taken in January by a local engineering firm that specializes in environmental and geotechnical services and shipped off to a laboratory in Chicago. No asbestos was detected in four samples. A trace amount was detected in the fifth sample, but at levels that did not require any further action.

Similar actions were taken again this week. Results are expected Wednesday or Thursday.

Richwoods underwent a $4 million renovation project that added a four-classroom addition on the east side of the building. Work included a new hallway connection, restroom renovations, insulated window replacement and added security.

Schau said the work caused some rooms, including Kerns’ classroom, to become more or less airtight, and the dust may be returning as a “vacuum effect” when the door is opened.

Regardless of the test results, Schau said efforts will be taken to remedy the situation.

“My goal is to look out for the best interests of the students and keep them safe,” Kerns said.

Asbestos is a mineral, and substantial amounts were used throughout school buildings from 1946 to 1972 for fireproofing, soundproofing, decorative and other purposes.

Exposure to asbestos fibers and particles in the air over a long period of time has been linked by reputable medical and scientific authorities to a significant increase in the incidence of disease, such as asbestosis, bronchogenic carcinoma, mesothelioma and other malignancies.

Dave Haney can be reached at 686-3181 or dhaney@pjstar.com.

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Illinois – Army Veteran  – Dies of Mesothelioma

Illinois Resident and Army Veteran Died of Mesothelioma
Created: Tuesday, November 24, 2009

 

Mr. James R. Walton, 80, of Morris, passed away early Sunday morning, Nov. 22, 2009, at his home after losing a battle with Mesothelioma.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the First United Methodist Church in Morris with Rev. Deb Percell officiating.

Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., in Morris.

Born Feb. 27, 1929, in McComas, W.V., James was the son of James and Ellen (Gaither) Walton. He graduated from McComas High School and later attended engineering school.

James was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He married Betty Bailey on Sept. 21, 1949, in Bluefield, Va. They lived most of their married life in Morris. He was employed at Aurora Caterpillar Tractor Company and the Joliet Arsenal. He was also employed for more than 25 years at the Morris Hospital.

Survivors include his three sons, Kirby (Paulette) Walton of Anderson, Ind., Randy Walton of Morris and Duanne Walton of Morris; three grandchildren, Alexandra and Phillip Walton and Erica (Roy) Salcido; four great-grandchildren, Joseph and Aria Grandadas, Ashley Williams and Aneiah Salcido; two sisters, Kay May of Maryland and Donna (Randall) Hamilton of W.V.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty, on March 11, 2008; one son, Kenneth, in infancy; and three sisters, Jacquilyne Alverson, Sandra Sparks and Barbara Richardson.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and M&M Group at First Christian Church. He was also proud of the 36,000 hours he volunteered at the Morris Hospital Lifeline and Patient Transportation Service.

Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., Morris, is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call 815-942-0700 or sign the online guestbook at www.frulandfuneralhome.com.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Claims

15 new asbestos claims filed in Madison County May 3-7 
5/26/2010 9:00 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 15 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of May 3 through May 7.

The following complaints were filed:

--Darlene S. Acosta of Wisconsin claims the recently deceased Stanley W. Piwowarczyk developed lung cancer after his work as a hammer man, helper and oven loader from 1950 until 1987. Acosta will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Joseph P. Whyte of Saville and Flint in Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-480.

--Phoebe Adams of Maryland claims her recently deceased husband, Albert R. Adams Sr., developed lung cancer after his work as a self-employed carpenter, an assembly line worker, grounds maintenance worker, roofer and laborer at various locations from 1954 until 1979. Phoebe Adams will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-495.

--Eugene Cox claims his recently deceased wife, Rosann Cox, developed mesothelioma after her work as a homemaker. Rosann Cox was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a draftsman and design engineer from 1973 until 1979. Eugene Cox will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-491.

--Charles Curtis claims his recently deceased wife, Rita Curtis, developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked for Nunn Electric from 1960 until 1984 at various locations, including Texas and Louisiana. Charles Curtis will be represented by Allyson M. Romani and Ross D. Stomel of Shrader and Associates in Houston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-483.

--Thelma J. Daniely of Missouri, an asbestos coat assembler from 1968 until 1971, a product demonstrator and department manager from 1973 until 1981 and a seamstress and collar setter, claims asbestosis. Daniely will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-488.

--Joan and Houston Dewey of Virginia claim Joan Dewey developed mesothelioma after her work as a registered nurse at various locations throughout Illinois, California and Michigan from 1969 until now. Joan Dewey was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a radiological health physicist at Commonwealth Edison from 1984 until 1985. The Deweys will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-494.

--Eligah Gibbs of Mississippi, a laborer and truck driver from 1965 until 2010, claims mesothelioma. Gibbs will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-484.

--Kelly Dean Joyce of Illinois, a service station attendant, agricultural worker, maintenance instructor, maintenance supervisor and laborer at various locations from 1966 until 1996, claims mesothelioma. Joyce was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, John Joyce, who worked as a yard master at the River Terminal Railway Company from 1948 until 1968. Kelly Joyce will be represented by Myles L. Epperson and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-501.

--Glenn and Joyce Metzger of Washington claim Glenn Metzger developed mesothelioma after his work as an insulator from 1953 until 1989. The Metzgers will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. 

--Peggy Nitchals of Kansas claims her recently deceased husband, James Nitchals, developed mesothelioma after his work as a general superintendant from 1950 until 1979. Peggy Nitchals will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-497.

--John C. O'Donnell of Wisconsin, a service station attendant, laborer, manager, plumber, customer service agent and pump mechanic at various locations throughout Illinois from 1969 until 2010, claims mesothelioma. O'Donnell will be represented by Myles L. Epperson and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-477.

--La-Tisha Robinson of Indiana claims her recently deceased father, Ethel Julkes, developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer and painter at various locations from 1970 until 1979. Robinson will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-496.

--Linda Rose of Florida claims her recently deceased husband, Milo M. Rose Jr. II, developed mesothelioma after his work as a plant maintenance worker at various locations from 1966 until 1979. Rose will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-487.

--Robert Shelleby of Pennsylvania, a laborer and maintenance foreman at various locations from 1960 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Shelleby will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-486.

--Eric Williams of Illinois, a laborer and truck driver at various locations throughout Illinois from 1986 until 2010, claims mesothelioma. Williams was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his stepfather, Lawrence Moore, who worked as a machine operator at General Electric from the 1960s until 2002, according to the complaint. Williams will be represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-479.

http://www.madisonrecord.com/news/227104-15-new-asbestos-claims-filed-in-madison-county-may-3-7

 
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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Claims Filed

15 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyMay 3-7
5/26/2010 9:00 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 15 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of May 3 through May 7.

The following complaints were filed:

--Darlene S. Acosta ofWisconsin claims the recently deceased Stanley W. Piwowarczyk developed lung cancer after his work as a hammer man, helper and oven loader from 1950 until 1987. Acosta will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Joseph P. Whyte of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-480.

--Phoebe Adams of Maryland claims her recently deceased husband, Albert R. Adams Sr., developed lung cancer after his work as a self-employed carpenter, an assembly line worker, grounds maintenance worker, roofer and laborer at various locations from 1954 until 1979. Phoebe Adams will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-495.

--Eugene Cox claims his recently deceased wife, Rosann Cox, developed mesothelioma after her work as a homemaker. Rosann Cox was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a draftsman and design engineer from 1973 until 1979. Eugene Cox will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-491.

--Charles Curtis claims his recently deceased wife, Rita Curtis, developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked for Nunn Electric from 1960 until 1984 at various locations, includingTexas andLouisiana. Charles Curtis will be represented by Allyson M. Romani and Ross D. Stomel of Shrader and Associates inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-483.

--Thelma J. Daniely ofMissouri, an asbestos coat assembler from 1968 until 1971, a product demonstrator and department manager from 1973 until 1981 and a seamstress and collar setter, claims asbestosis. Daniely will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-488.

--Joan and Houston Dewey of Virginia claim Joan Dewey developed mesothelioma after her work as a registered nurse at various locations throughoutIllinois,California andMichigan from 1969 until now. Joan Dewey was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a radiological health physicist at Commonwealth Edison from 1984 until 1985. The Deweys will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-494.

--Eligah Gibbs ofMississippi, a laborer and truck driver from 1965 until 2010, claims mesothelioma. Gibbs will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-484.

--Kelly Dean Joyce ofIllinois, a service station attendant, agricultural worker, maintenance instructor, maintenance supervisor and laborer at various locations from 1966 until 1996,claims mesothelioma. Joyce was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, John Joyce, who worked as a yard master at the River Terminal Railway Company from 1948 until 1968. Kelly Joyce will be represented by Myles L. Epperson and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-501.

--Glenn and Joyce Metzger ofWashington claim Glenn Metzger developed mesothelioma after his work as an insulator from 1953 until 1989. The Metzgers will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville.

--Peggy Nitchals ofKansas claims her recently deceased husband, James Nitchals, developed mesothelioma after his work as a general superintendant from 1950 until 1979. Peggy Nitchals will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-497.

--John C. O'Donnell ofWisconsin, a service station attendant, laborer, manager, plumber, customer service agent and pump mechanic at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1969 until 2010, claims mesothelioma. O'Donnell will be represented by Myles L. Epperson and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-477.

--La-Tisha Robinson ofIndiana claims her recently deceased father, Ethel Julkes, developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer and painter at various locations from 1970 until 1979. Robinson will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-496.

--Linda Rose ofFlorida claims her recently deceased husband, Milo M. Rose Jr. II, developed mesothelioma after his work as a plant maintenance worker at various locations from 1966 until 1979. Rose will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-487.

--Robert Shelleby ofPennsylvania, a laborer and maintenance foreman at various locations from 1960 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Shelleby will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-486.

--Eric Williams ofIllinois,a laborer and truck driver at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1986 until 2010,claims mesothelioma. Williams was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his stepfather, Lawrence Moore, who worked as a machine operator at General Electric from the 1960s until 2002, according to the complaint. Williams will be represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-479.

http://www.madisonrecord.com/news/227104-15-new-asbestos-claims-filed-in-madison-county-may-3-7


 
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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit

14 new asbestos cases filed April 19-23 inMadisonCounty 
5/11/2010 7:13 AM By Kelly Holleran ompson

A total of 14 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of April 19 through April 23.

The following complaints were filed:

--Leona Burton ofIllinois, an administrative assistant/clerical and accountant from 1957 until 1987,claims mesothelioma.Burton was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a laborer and manager at R.E. Common Equipment Company from 1960 until 1999, according to the complaint.Burton will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-455.

--Mary Cawvey ofFlorida claims her recently deceased husband, Charles Cawvey, developed lung cancer after his work as a boiler technician, powerhouse chief and maintenance supervisor from 1952 until 2000. Mary Cawvey will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-452.

--Louis and Patricia Ezell claim Louis Ezell developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1951 until 1955, as a farmer from 1955 until 1960 and as a worker at Olin from 1960 until 1995. The Ezells will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-442.

--Louis J. Gualandi of Illinois, a laborer at Joliet Arsenal from 1943 until 1945, a farmer and laborer at Gualandi Farms from 1942 until 1987, a self-employed commercial and residential construction worker from 1965 until 1979 and a construction worker from 1987 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. Gualandi will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, W. Casey Harris and M. Clay Fostel of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-435.

--Charles Harvey ofIowa, a laborer, painter and contractor from 1943 until 1982, claims mesothelioma.Harvey will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-453.

--R. Peter Iaukea ofFlorida, a laborer, drywaller, counselor, salesman, insurance agent and carpenter at various locations from 1955 until 2010, alleges mesothelioma. Iaukea will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-439.

--Thomas Kaisersatt ofCalifornia, a laborer, pipefitter's helper, lab worker and software/computer programmer from 1959 until now, claims mesothelioma. Kaisersatt will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-437.

--Rudolph and Kathie M. Knowles ofFlorida claim Rudolph Knowles developed lung cancer after his work as a welder and boiler tube worker for Buckeye Cellulose Plant from 1967 until 1978, as a laborer for Occidental Mine in 1968 and as a construction worker from 1978 until 1979. The Knowles will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-443.

--Howard L. Opperman ofMissouri, a laborer, mechanic, welder, pipefitter, painter and minister at various locations from 1942 until 1986, claims an asbestos-related disease. Opperman will be represented by W. Brent Copple and Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-447.

--Antonios and Maria Pattas ofIowa claim Antonios Pattas developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, kiln burner, lancer, boiler tender and kiln operator at various locations from 1953 until 1991. The Pattas will be represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-441.

--Laddie and Sandra Peterka ofArkansas allege Laddie Peterka developed mesothelioma after his work as an engineer, laborer and machinist at various locations from 1968 until 2010. The Peterkas will be represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-450.

--Dorothy Spencer ofTexas claims her recently deceased husband, Tracy Clifford Spencer, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and cementer at various locations from 1946 until 1979. Dorothy Spencer will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-446.

--Michael Theriault ofNew Hampshire claims his recently deceased father, Robert Theriault, developed mesothelioma after his work as a maintenance worker, laborer and millwright from 1951 until 1985. Michael Theriault will be represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-436.

--Terry Ward claims his recently deceased wife, Laura A. Ward, developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, who worked as an electrician and lineman from 1968 until 1990. Ward will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-454.

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Illinois – Asbestos Exposure – Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit

Update: 24 asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyMarch 22-26
4/27/2010 9:27 AM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 24 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of March 22 through March 26.

The following complaints were filed:

--Boris Belenky ofMichigan, a plumber from 1940 until 1984, claims mesothelioma. Belenky will be represented by Randy S. Cohn and Sean M. Keene of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-335.

--Ruby K. Bivens claims her recently deceased husband, Donald A. Bivens, developed lung cancer after his work as a boiler operator from 1971 until 1978 for Federal Paper Board and from 1978 until 2008 for Caterpillar. Bivens will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-328.

--Kelly Brackenberry ofMichigan claims her recently deceased father, Russell R. Smith, developed mesothelioma after his work as a heavy equipment operator at various locations from 1964 until 1979. Brackenberry will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-322.

--Joyce Cecak ofNevada claims her recently deceased husband, Arthur Wren, developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, laborer and painter at various locations from 1956 until 1969. Cecak will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-321.

--Earnest Clark of Missouri, a laborer, truck driver, mechanic and carpenter at various locations from 1957 until 2009, claims lung cancer. Clark will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-316.

--Anthony and Rochelle M. Contreras claim Anthony Contreras developed lung cancer after his work as a taper, sander and drywall installer from 1986 until 2010. Anthony Contreras was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked as a taper, sander and drywall installer from 1966 until 2010, according to the complaint. The Contreras will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-334.

--Sammy Corbin ofTexas, a weigh clerk, order clerk and laborer from 1962 until 1969 and a roofer and laborer from 1970 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Corbin will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-331.

--Earl Crowley III ofMinnesota, a painter in 1953 and a torpedo man's mate, submariner and recruiter at various locations from 1954 until 1973, claims lung cancer.Crowley will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-323.

--Ronald and Penny Defelippo of Wisconsin claim Ronald Defelippo developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1958 until 1962, as a general laborer on construction sites, as a letter carrier at the U.S. Postal Service from 1963 until 1965, as a computer programmer/analyst from 1982 until 1983 in Chicago, as a computer programmer and analyst from 1983 until 1997 and as a consultant from 1997 until his retirement in 2001. The Defelippos will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-346.

--Janet Drummond claims her recently deceased father, John C. Drummond, developed mesothelioma after his work as a gunner's mate and insulator in the U.S. Navy from 1942 until 1946, as an assembler for Walker Manufacturing Company from 1948 until 1953, as a surveyor for the city of Jackson, Mich., from 1953 until 1960 and as a troubleshooter and manager of work sites for Jackson, Mich., from 1960 until 1988. Janet Drummond will be represented by Matthew B. McLeod of Shrader and Associates inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-325.

--David S. and Faye V. Foster claim David S. Foster developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers from 1937 until 1956; as an attendant and mechanic at Detroit Beach Sunoco, Dodes Mobil and Gordon and Lee service stations from 1952 until 1956; as an electrician in the IBEW No. 8 from 1956 until 1965; and as a self-employed real estate agent from 1965 until 2009. The Fosters will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville and by W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-338.

--Robert W. Gibbs Jr. of Georgia claims his recently deceased father, Robert W. Gibbs Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the National Guard from 1956 until 1957, as a construction worker and remodeler from 1952 until 1962, as a district sales representative from 1956 until 1971, as an auto body repair worker, as a sales manager from 1974 until 1982 and as the owner of Bob Gibbs Motors from 1982 until 2009. Robert W. Gibbs Jr. will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-326.

--Michael Gross ofPennsylvania, a laborer, heavy equipment operator, utility mechanic and fire equipment inspector from 1972 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Gross will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and D. Todd Matthews of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-343.

--Colleen Isaacs ofIdaho claims her recently deceased husband, Joseph Isaacs, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, operator and maintenance worker at various locations from 1955 until 1970. Colleen Isaacs will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-317.

--Christina Jackson ofCalifornia claims her recently deceased father, John O'Brien, developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician at various locations from 1951 until 1979.Jackson will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-330.

--Karen Lamke ofIllinoisclaims the recently deceased Gretchen Lamkedeveloped mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos through her father, who worked as a press operator and mechanic at various locations from 1971 until 1980. Karen Lamke will be represented by T. Barton French Jr. of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-339.

--Karen Lamke as next friend of minor James Tolley claims the recently deceased Gretchen Lamke developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, Jim Lamke, who worked as a press operator and mechanic from 1971 until 1980. Karen Lamke will be represented by T. Barton French Jr. and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-324.

--Abundio and Celeste Luna of Texas claim Abundio Luna developed mesothelioma after his work as a sandblaster during the 1970s and 1980s, as a truck unloader from 1977 until 1978, as a railroad worker in 1983, as an operator and laborer from 1983 until 1985, as a concrete worker from 1985 until 1987, as a heavy equipment operator from 1988 until 1997, as a painter and laborer from 1997 until 1998, as a laborer and operator at an asphalt plant, as an assistant supervisor performing building and road construction, as a truck driver in 1999 and as a maintenance worker from 1998 until 2009. The Lunas will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-336.

--Monica Meyer of Oklahoma claims her recently deceased father, Michael L. Thomas, developed lung cancer after his work as a carpenter for Hough Drywall from 1963 until 1980, as a carpenter for the Indiana Housing Authority from 1980 until 1982, as a carpenter for Hough Drywall from 1982 until 2002 and as a worker for Gibson and Lewis from 2002 until 2006. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing Meyer. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-327.

--Johnie Morrow of California, a laborer at Hud-Vice Papermill from 1964 until 1966, an attendant at a service station from 1966 until 1967, a welder from 1968 until 1969, a stock control clerk from 1969 until 1971, a laborer and shipping clerk from 1974 until 1979, a truck driver from 1979 until 1980, a supervisor from 1996 until 1999, a fork lift operator from 2000 until 2005 and a shadetree mechanic from 1967 until 1980, claims mesothelioma. Morrow will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-333.

--Shirley D. Nall ofWashington claims her recently deceased husband, Alvin W. Nall, developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1959 until 1963 and as an electrician, laborer, driver, installer and operator from 1963 until 2001. Shirley D. Nall will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Joseph P. Whyte ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-342.

--James L. and Kathleen Smith of Tennessee claim James L. Smith developed mesothelioma after his work as a gas attendant at Martin Oil from 1958 until 1964, as a laborer in the warehouse/supply division of International Harvester from 1965 until 1972, as a file clerk/contract purchaser at International Harvester from 1974 until 1987, as a bus driver at Pace Bus Co. from 1987 until 2001 and as a laborer at a sewage treatment plant in 1973. The Smiths will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-344.

--Paul Theisen ofWisconsin, a mechanic from 1950 until 1955 and a pipefitter from 1955 until 1990, claims mesothelioma. Theisen will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-337.

--Mark and Sue Wiese of Michigan claim Mark Wiese developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer in 1969 at Jahr Roofing; as a pipefitter at DeFoe Ship Building from 1970 until 1972; as a teamster at the Teamsters' Union from 1970 until 1973; as a boiler inspector in 1972; as a construction worker at Ewald Boiler in 1971, 1972 and 1976; and as a floor installer from 1973 until 1976. The Wieses will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-347.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

20 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyMarch 15-19
4/27/2010 7:29 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 20 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of March 15 through March 19.

The following complaints were filed:

--James Barber ofMissouri claims his recently deceased mother, Rosemary Redmon, developed lung cancer after her work as an assembly line worker at various locations from 1948 until 1973. Barber will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-287.

--Judy Bottcher ofIllinois claims her recently deceased father, Lloyd Scholer, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and plumber at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1947 until 2009. Bottcher will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-314.

--Delores Caldwell ofMissouri claims her recently deceased husband, Julius Caldwell, developed pleural plaques after his work as an auto worker at various locations from 1949 until 1979. Delores Caldwell will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-295.

--Betty Crisp ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Fred G. Crisp, developed mesothelioma after his work as alaborer and stocker at various locations from 1954 until 1979. Betty Crisp will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-282.

--Richard DeWeese ofAlabama, a laborer, machine operator, grinder and warehouse and tool room worker at various locations from 1964 until 1966 and from 1972 until 1979, claims lung cancer. DeWeese will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-292.

--Doyle Fink ofMissouri, a mechanic, sheet metal worker, military police officer, warehouse worker, miner and federal mine safety and health inspector from 1959 until 1979, claims colon cancer. Fink will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-293.

--Howard B. Knotek ofWisconsin, a sheet metal worker at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from 1950 until 1993, claims mesothelioma. Knotek will be represented by W. Brent Copple and Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-300.

--Diane Knudson of Tennessee, a sales clerk, pin setter, restaurant worker, graphotype operator, machine operator, bakery good packer, waitress, packer of processed meat products, slaughter line worker, oil seal manufacturing worker, machine operator, punch press operator, expeditor and purchasing and receiving clerk at various locations throughout Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Connecticut from 1952 until 2003, claims mesothelioma. Knudson was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a tool and die worker, maintenance mechanic, maintenance supervisor and plant manager from 1961 until 2004, according to the complaint. Knudson will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn and Christopher J. Levy of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-285.

--Michael Mahoney Sr. of Indiana, a time keeper, truck driver, machine operator, concrete worker and laborer at various locations from 1953 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Mahoney will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-281.

--Michael J. Mazza ofRhode Island claims his recently deceased father, Bernard Mazza, developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician at various locations from 1955 until 1979. Michael J. Mazza will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-294.

--Diane Mickle ofOhio claims her recently deceased brother, James E. Williams, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and assembly line worker from 1975 until 1979. Mickle will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-299.

--Darlene Pley claims her recently deceased mother, Catherine McCluskey, developed mesothelioma after her work as a laundry worker at various locations from 1948 until 1950. McCluskey was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, Donald McCluskey, who worked as a truck driver, delivery person and laborer at various locations from 1950 until his retirement, according to the complaint. Pley will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-280.

--Robert and Theresa Shramek ofNebraska claim Robert Shramek developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, payroll clerk, bookkeeper and storeroom purchasing agent at various locations throughoutIllinois,Nebraska,Hawaii andCalifornia from late 1942 until 1992. The Shrameks will be represented by Nate Mudd and Casey C. Cira of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-290.

--Debra Smith ofNorth Carolina claims her recently deceased mother, Peggy Ann Floyd, developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, John Godwin, and her son, Robert Wayne Floyd. Peggy Ann Floyd was employed as an office worker from 1954 until 1964, as a machine operator from 1964 until 1972, as a server for Eckerd's Lunch Counter in the 1970s and as a server for Ham N' Egger in the 1990s, according to the complaint. Godwin worked as a boilermaker for Domtar Paper Co. from 1937 until 1943 and as a boilermaker for Dillon Supply Company from 1943 until 1956, the suit states. Peggy Ann Floyd's deceased husband worked as a restaurant inspector from 1958 until the late 1970s and her son worked as a mechanic, the complaint says. Smith will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-286.

--Arlene Spinnerof Illinois claims her recently deceased husband, Ernest Spinner,developed mesothelioma after his work as a chemical engineer at various locations from 1942 until 1979. Arlene Spinner will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-296.

--Sharon Ternes of Minnesota claims her recently deceased husband, Leo A. Ternes, developed lung cancer after his work as an operator and laborer at various locations from 1968 until 1970 and from 1974 until 1979 and as a helicopter mechanic from 1970 until 1974. Sharon Ternes will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-284.

--Marvin Timmer ofNebraska, a pipefitter and plumber at various locations from 1955 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Timmer will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-297.

--Willis B. and Mary V. Waller of Illinois allege Willis B. Waller developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer at Keasbey and Mattison from 1941 until 1943; as an aviation man and gun man for the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1946; as a switchman at Eastern Illinois Railroad Company from 1946 until 1947; as a top laborer at Old Ben Mine Co. from 1947 until 1953; as a teacher for the Department of Corrections from 1953 until 1986; as a carpenter, tiler, roofer and plaster from 1953 until 1952; and as a shadetree mechanic from 1940 until 1952. The Wallers will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville and by W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-288.

--Rochelle Byer Walters of Florida alleges the recently deceased Joseph Byer Walters developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and a member of the U.S. Navy. Rochelle Byer Walters will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-291.

--Charles Williams ofAlabama, a construction worker and laborer at various locations from 1956 until 1972, claims lung cancer. Williams will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-298.

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Illinois – Asbestos Exposure – Mesothelioma Asbestos Cases Filed

17 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyMarch 29 - April 2
4/27/2010 1:11 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 17 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of March 29 through April 2.

The following complaints were filed:

--Orlene Dicks ofFlorida claims her recently deceased husband, Emory Lee Dicks, developed mesothelioma after his work as a boatswains mate and truck driver at various locations from 1942 until 1964 and from 1966 until 1978. Orlene Dicks will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-367.

--Mildred Dubois ofPennsylvania, an assembly worker, laborer, waitress and secretary at various locations throughout theU.S. from 1959 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Dubois was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked from 1974 until 2009 as a self-employed general contractor, according to the lawsuit. Dubois will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-352.

--Robert Franke ofTexas, a pipe fitter from 1968 until 1969 and an electrician from 1970 until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Franke will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-373.

--Billy R. and Edwina C. Hadley ofArizona claim Billy R. Hadley developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter from 1964 until 1994. The Hadleys will be represented by Ross D. Stomel of Shrader and Associates inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-354.

--James Hall of Tennessee claims his recently deceased wife, Ina Hall, developed mesothelioma after her work as a secretary and taster throughout theUnited States. James Hall will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-369.

--William Harris ofIllinois, a machine operator and janitor at various locations from 1970 until 1989, claims mesothelioma. Harris will be represented by W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-351.

--Teresa Montesano ofCalifornia claims her recently deceased husband, Ronney Montesano, developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy, as a mill work performer and as a worker at Gray's Harbor for 10 years, as an insulator, as a home remodeler in the 1960s and as an automotive repair worker in the 1960s and the 1970s. Teresa Montesano will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-355.

--Marie Odom ofGeorgia claims her recently deceased husband, Bobby Odom, developed lung cancer after his work as an electrician from 1964 until 1979. Odom will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-368.

--Lawrence Pool III of Minnesota claims his recently deceased father, Lawrence Pool II, developed mesothelioma after his work as a bricklayer and metallurgist at various locations throughoutIllinois andIndiana from 1938 until 1979. Lawrence Pool III will be represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-353.

--Carol Scott of Missouri claims her recently deceased husband, Robert Scott, developed mesothelioma after his work as a sales clerk at J.B. Russell Lumber Co. from 1972 until 1973, as a factory worker at Lyons Die Casting from 1973 until 1974, performing various jobs at Armco Steel in 1974, as an employee at McDonald's from 1974 until 1976, as a mechanic operator/laborer/torch man/crane operator from 1976 until 1982, as a small engine mechanic at Feldman Brothers from 1982 until 1984, as a general manager at Feldman Brothers from 1984 until 1988, as a project manager at Pre-Fabricated Steel/Kan Build from 1998 until 2000, as a store manager at Orscheln Farm and Home from 2000 until 2005, as a department manager at Lowe's Home Improvement from 2005 until 2007 and as a truck driver for the Department of Transportation from 2007 through 2009. Robert Scott was also exposed to asbestos fibers through a side business he and his father owned, according to the complaint. Carol Scott will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-361.

--Darmel Shaffer ofBritish Columbia, an insulator from 1954 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Shaffer will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-372.

--Jess Solomon of Colorado, a carpenter, concrete worker and farmer at various locations from 1955 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Solomon will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-360.

--Edward Uriano ofConnecticut, a laborer and construction worker at various facilities from 1960 until 2006, claims mesothelioma. Uriano will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-357.

--Bonnie Voseberg ofIowa claims her recently deceased husband, Richard Voseberg, developed lung cancer after his work as a dryer operator at various locations from 1964 until 1979. Bonnie Voseberg will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-375.

--William and Kimberly Webb ofWashington claim William Webb developed mesothelioma after his work as an inspector, laborer, tech support engineer/electronics technician and radio and electronics installer at various locations throughoutIllinois,Iowa,Texas,Arizona,Missouri andWashington from 1974 until 2009. William Webb was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked as a boilermaker from the 1950s until 1964, according to the complaint. Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-348.

--Roberta Wright ofVirginia claims the recently deceased William Anderson Sr. developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, driver and operator from 1967 until 1992. Wright will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Joseph P. Whyte ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-362.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – New Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

18 new asbestos cases filed Feb. 8-12 inMadisonCounty
2/24/2010 9:49 AM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 18 newasbestos lawsuit were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Feb. 8 through Feb. 12.

The following complaints were filed:

--Gloria Ballentine ofIllinois claims her recently deceased father, John J. Ballentine Sr.,developed lung cancer after his work as a motor sergeant from 1962 until 1965, as an employee for R&S Printing Company and as a worker for Arnold Real Estate inEast St. Louis from 1982 until 1989. Ballentine will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-134.

--Geraldine R. and Forrest Blazer of Ohio claim Geraldine R. Blazer developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her father's work as a shipbuilder for Bethlehem Steel from 1940 until 1943 and through her husband's work as an asphalt worker for Brewer and Brewer in 1959 and from 1960 until 1977 and as a construction worker for V.N. Holderman from 1959 until 1960. The Blazers will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-167.

--Lori L. and David H. Carlson ofNorth Dakota claim Lori L. Carlson developed mesothelioma after her work at a mink ranch from 1975 until 1979, as a secretary atConcordiaCollege from 1979 until 1980, as an employee at FRS Industries from 1980 until 1987 and as a waitress at Old Cafe from 1997 until 2001. Lori Carlson was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through her father, Arthur Dahlen, who worked as a farmer, according to the complaint. The Carlsons will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-150.

--Christina Carver ofArizona claims her recently deceased husband, Michael Carver, developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, equipment operator, laborer and truck driver at various locations from 1952 until 1982. Michael Carver was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked as a maintenance worker at Caterpillar from the 1940s until 1970, according to the complaint. Christina Carver will be represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-154.

--Barbara Jane Edwards of Virginia, a seamstress from 1960 until 1965 for Sales Knit Mill, a seamstress in 1968 for Bristol Manufacturing, a seamstress for Virginia Apparel from 1971 until 1974, a door frame assembler for Continental Homes from 1975 until 1979, a frame cutter and sander for Guyer-Roberts Mirror Frames from 1979 until 1984 and a sander for Lane Furniture, claims mesothelioma. Edwards was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her former husband, Robert Edwards, who worked as a machine operator and sander for Bassett Furniture from 1954 until 1969, as a machine operator and sander for American Furniture from 1969 until 1974, as a machine operator for Spring-Making Companies from 1964 until 1968 and as a worker from 1968 until 1979, according to the complaint. She was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her deceased companion, Robert Love, who worked as a sander from 1959 until the 1980s, as a machine operator for Guyer-Robert Mirror Frames during the 1980s and as a sander for Lane Furniture from 1959 until the 1980s, the suit states. Barbara Edwards will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-157.

--Judith Harris of Indiana, a secretary from 1959 until now, claims mesothelioma. She was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Tommy Harris, who worked from 1962 until 1996 as a maintenance man, heating and air conditioning employee and sheetmetal worker, according to the complaint. Judith Harris will be represented by Jackalyn A. Olinger and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-142.

--Robert and Kathie Highland of Arkansas claimRobertHighland developed mesothelioma after his work as a welder and pipefitter at Farmland Industries from 1966 until 2003 and as a welder and pipefitter at Koch Industries from 2003 until 2006. TheHighlands will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-144.

--Peter and Marvis Jenkins claim Peter Jenkins developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer, foundry worker, mechanic and equipment operator from 1955 until 1998. Peter Jenkins will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-133.

--Gregory S. and Debra K. Keasler of Alabama claim Gregory S. Keasler developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer for Weyerhaeuser Company in 1974, as a carpenter for National Mortgage Development Construction from 1975 until 1976, as a carpenter for Sparks and Bolling Construction Company from 1977 until 1984, as a carpenter for Bolling Construction Company from 1984 until 2006, as a carpenter and owner of Greg Keasler Construction Company from 2007 until 2008 and as a shade tree mechanic from 1972 until 2010. The Keaslers will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-136.

--Marlene Kunkel ofMinnesota claims the recently deceased Lloyd Kunkel developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army, as a laborer and as a farmer. Marlene Kunkel will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-147.

--Karen and Steve Melock ofSouth Carolina claim Karen Melock developed mesothelioma after her work as a machine operator, inspector, social worker and administrative assistant at various locations throughoutIllinois,Wisconsin andSouth Carolina from 1961 until 2009. Karen Melock was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her ex-husband, who worked as a building contractor from 1978 until 1989, according to the complaint. The Melocks will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-159.

--Peggy Moody ofTexas claims the recently deceased Atwood Moody developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the United States Marine Corp and as a butcher. Peggy Moody will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-146.

--Jerri Paulk ofMontana claims her recently deceased mother, Eunice Satterlee, developed mesothelioma after her work as a riveter and nurses aide at various locations from 1942 until 1972. Satterlee was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Allen Satterlee, who worked as an electrician from 1948 until 1978, according to the complaint. Paulk will be represented by Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-164.

--Melvin and Ella Schultz ofTexas claim Melvin Schultz developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician, craft supervisor, job superintendent and project manager at Brown and Root from 1955 until 1992. The Schultzes will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-151.

--James Charles and Pamela B. Smith of Pennsylvania allege James Charles Smith developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1966 until 1969, as a machinist mate on the U.S.S. Soley until his discharge in 1969, as a salesman and store manager for RCP Electronics from 1969 until 1981, as a salesman for Homelite Power Equipment from 1981 until 1993 and as an outside sales representative for Cooper Industries from 1994 until 2009. The Smiths will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-135.

--Melvin and Marilyn Smotherman ofMichigan claim Melvin Smotherman developed mesothelioma after his work in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 until 1953 and as a sheet metal worker at various locations from 1954 until 1988. The Smothermans will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-143.

--Patsy Warwick ofTennessee, a machine operator, janitor and cashier at various locations from 1968 until 2007, claims mesothelioma.Warwick was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Archie Warwick, who worked as a material handler at Honeywell International from 1968 until 1970 and as a carpenter and rigger from 1972 until 2007 at Northrop Grunman Newport News, according to the complaint. Patsy Warwick will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-153.

--David Lee Worthington and Doris Ann Wilkey of Florida claim David Lee Worthington developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer for Griffin Construction from 1959 until 1961, as an electrical apprentice for A&W Wiring from 1962 until 1965, as an electrician for IBEW Local 1701 from 1965 until 1985, as an electrician for Progress Energy from 1985 until 2000 and as a home improvement worker from 1943 until 1959.Worthington and Wilkey will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-149.

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Illinois – Asbestos Exposure – $2.99 Million Mesothelioma Award

Asbestos-Laden Parts Lead to $3 Million Jury Award

April 30, 2010 (TopWireNews.com: - Law, press release)

(Mesothelioma News) - Decades after a sailor’s exposure to asbestos and a year after hedied frommesothelioma, a jury in Newport News, Virginia., held a shipyard supplier accountable, hitting the company with a $2.99 million verdict on April 13.

The company’s asbestos-laden parts, the jury said, helped cause the plaintiff’s disease and, ultimately, his death.

RobertHardick, who was 69 when he died in March 2009, was a former U.S. Navy petty officer who had been exposed to asbestos while serving at a naval shipyard and while at sea, from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Mesothelioma, a cancer of the protective lining that covers many of the body’s organs, can take decades to develop. In the vast majority of cases, it is caused by asbestos exposure. It is almost always fatal.

“His doctor talked vividly about his suffering,” said BobbyHatten, amesothelioma attorney with theNewport News firm of Patten,Wornom,Hatten &Diamondstein. “He was avery loved guy.”

Asbestos-a heat-resistant material used heavily on ships -is dangerous when airborne.Hardick, a father of four fromHopkinsville,Ky., had breathed in millions of invisible asbestos fibers at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. As ashipfitter,Hardick often took pumps and valves into a shop area, using brushes and hammers to remove asbestos sealants. In the process, asbestos particles became airborne andHardick breathed them in. Further asbestos exposure came whenHardick served aboard the cruiser USS Newport News.

Themesothelioma lawsuit was against the defendant,Illinois-based John Crane Inc., which had supplied the asbestos-laden parts to the Navy.

Crane’s liability represents half of a $5.98 million verdict returned by the jury. The remainder was apportioned to a codefendant in the case,Garlock Sealing Technologies of Palmyra, N.Y. ButGarlock had previously settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, leaving only Crane on the hook for its half.

Hardick, who became a successful businessman after leaving the Navy, is survived by his wife, Diane. In arriving at the nearly $6 million verdict, the jury awarded $2 million forHardick’s pain and suffering; $1.15 million for the loss suffered by his widow; $2.5 million for lost future income; and $327,000 in medical and funeral expenses.

This news was brought to you by themesothelioma attorneys at Cooney & Conway, a nationally recognized law firm that has brought recovery and justice to victims of asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

29 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyMarch 8-12
3/31/2010 2:34 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 29 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of March 8 through March 12.

The following complaints were filed:

--Florence Adkins of Michigan claims her recently deceased husband, Barry Adkins, developed mesothelioma after his work as a press operator, airman, construction worker,lineman and metals finisher at various locations from 1951 until 1986. Florence Adkins will be represented by Randy S. Cohn and Sean M. Keane of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-257.

--Margaret Battle ofPennsylvania, a custodian and maintenance laborer at various locations from 1970 until 1979, claims lung cancer.Battle will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-272.

--James C. and Doris A. Billingsley of Tennessee claim James C. Billingsley developed mesothelioma after his work in the U.S. Navy from 1954 until 1957, as a sheet metal part stamper at Gray and Dudley Foundry in 1953, as a route salesman at Pepsi Cola Bottling Company from 1953 until 1954 and from 1957 until 1958, as an electrical engineer for Avco Electronics in 1963 and as an electrical engineer for ARO from 1963 until 1994. The Billingsleys will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-248.

--Brenda Casey ofKentucky claims her recently deceased mother, Mary Elizabeth Christine Drury, developed lung cancer after her work as a drywall contractor from 1964 until 1979. Casey will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-273.

--Eric S. Colley ofIllinois, a welder at Robert Brent Company in 1983, a line maintenance mechanic at Sola Optical in 1983, an apprentice machinist at Normande Machine from 1987 until 1988 and a warehouse manager and production supervisor at R.S. Deal Corp. from 1983 until 1986 and from 1989 until 1993,claims mesothelioma. Colley will be represented by Michael R. Bilbrey and James R. Stever of the Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey in Glen Carbon. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-274.

--Leroy Conley ofMissouri, an electrician from 1943 until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Conley will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-267.

--Warren E. Davis ofFlorida, a laborer and mechanic from 1960 until 1979, claims mesothelioma.Davis will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-270.

--Aletha Everett ofLouisiana claims she developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband who worked as a commercial and residential construction worker and an upholstery worker from 1935 until 1981. She was also exposed to asbestos through her sons who worked as construction workers in the 1960s, according to the complaint.Everett will be represented by W. Brent Copple and Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-260.

--Thomas Gorman ofWisconsin, a union laborer at various locations from 1966 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Gorman will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-266.

--Julius K. Hayes Jr. ofGeorgia claims his recently deceased wife, Gladys E. Hayes, developed mesothelioma after working as an operator and office assistant forSouthern Bell from 1963 until 1967, in reservations for Eastern Airlines from 1967 until 1991 and as a lead analyst for SITA from 1992 until 2009. Gladys Hayes was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Julius K. Hayes Jr., who worked as an electrician at various site locations from 1973 until 2009. Julius K. Hayes Jr. will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-251.

--Willie Mae Imes ofMaryland, an assembly line worker, machine operator and material handler at various locations from 1960 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Imes will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-271.

--Kathleen Lux ofPennsylvania claims her recently deceased father, Thomas William Kennedy, developed mesothelioma after his work as a foreman, supervisor and buyer at various locations from 1957 until 1967. Lux will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-278.

--Claudine McCulough ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Marshall Joseph McCulough,developed lung cancer after his work as a caster at various locations from 1958 until 1979. McCulough will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-275.

--Leander Michlig of Florida, a tower operator, customer service worker, laborer and gas handler at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1944 until 1989, claims pleural mesothelioma. Michlig will be represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-246.

--Charlotte Miller ofIndiana claims her recently deceased husband, Wayne Miller, developed malignant mesothelioma after his work as a machinist for General Motors at Central Foundry from 1954 until 1980 and as a construction laborer and roofer for Best for Less Construction from 1980 until 1990. Charlotte Miller will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-249.

--Leon and Forence Riccardi ofMissouri claim Leon Riccardideveloped mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter, laborer, machine operator and roll operator at various locations throughIllinoisandMissouri from 1962 until 2009. Leon Riccardi was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his step-father, who worked as a laborer for Union Pacific Railroad from 1953 until 1954, according to the complaint. The Riccardis will be represented by Stephanie A. Lyons of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-258.

--Ardyce Riggs ofArkansas, a customer service worker at Pacific Finance from 1962 until 1965, a housewife from 1965 until 1970 and a worker at Levi Strauss Company from 1970 until 1979, claims pleural mesothelioma. Riggs claims she was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, David Riggs, who worked as a self-employed hairdresser and as a truck driver, according to the complaint. Ardyce Riggs will be represented by James F. Kelly and Jeffrey A.J. Millar of Brent Coon and Associates inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-241.

--Michael G. Shaud of Alabama, a pharmacist in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 until 1964, a shuttle car operator at the Concord Coal Mine from 1965 until 1977, a shuttle car operator at Southern Electric Generating Company from 1967 until 1972, a laborer and cement panel maker in 1970, a general laborer at the Abex Corporation from 1970 until 1972, a forklift operator at Jim Walters Resources from 1972 until 1993, a residential construction worker from 1964 until 1980 and braid and gasket manufacturer from 1971 until 1991, claims mesothelioma. Shaud will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-243.

--Larry Lee Shult ofMontana, a fire protection pipe fitting apprentice at Grinnell Fire Protection Systems between 1959 and 1964, claims pleural mesothelioma. Shult will be represented by James F. Kelly and Jeffrey A.J. Millar of Brent Coon and Associates. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-242.

--Ruth Simms ofFlorida claims her recently deceasedhusband, James Simms developed lung cancer after his work in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1946 and as a heavy equipment mechanic and construction engineer from 1946 until 1997. Ruth Simms will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-263.

--Bonnie Smith ofAlabama claims her recently deceased husband, Hubert Smith, developed lung cancer after his work as a fork lift operator at U.S. Steel and as a laborer and deliverer at Sign Builders. Bonnie Smith will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-261.

--Lurita and James Smith of Florida claim Lurita Smith developed lung cancer after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1964 until 1970 and who worked as a helper and yard manager at General Ship Repair Corp. from the 1960s until 2005. The Smiths will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-262.

--Phyllis Stevens ofKentucky, a furnace and crane operator at various locations from 1973 until 1974, claims lung cancer. Stevens will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-259.

--Judy Stroder ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Roger L. Stroder,developed lung cancer after his work in the U.S. Army as a supply clerk from 1970 until 1972 and as an electrician at Granite City Steel from 1970 until 2008. Judy Stroder will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-254.

--Gary Sweitzer claims his recently deceased wife, Helen Sweitzer, developed lung cancer after her work as a laborer at various locations from 1977 until 2007. Helen Sweitzer was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her family member, Gordon Geyer, who worked as a machine operator from 1954 until 1979, according to the complaint. The Sweitzers will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-265.

--Dolores Waltemate ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Rudolph E. Watlemate,developed mesothelioma after his work as a railroad fireman and machinist at various locations from 1947 until 1979. Dolores Waltemate will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-276.

--Merry Ann Westbrooks ofArizona claims her recently deceased mother, Rosalyn Westbrooks,developed mesothelioma after her work as a secretary at various locations throughoutIllinois andOhio from 1950 until 1970. Rosalyn Westbrooks was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband who worked from the 1950s until the 1980s as a carpenter, according to the complaint. Merry Ann Westbrooks will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd of East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-277.

--Billy Jean Worley Iowa claims her recently deceased husband, Clarence L. Worley, developed mesothelioma after his work as a farm hand from 1948 until 1969, as a carpenter for DA Demerit from 1969 until 1972 and as a millwright for A-Alert from 1972 until 2009. Billy Jean Worley will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-250.

--Michael Wurn ofFlorida claims his recently deceased wife, Luane Wurn, developed mesothelioma after her work as a teacher, medical records clerk and suspension coordinator at various locations from 1962 until 2005. Michael Wurn will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-239.

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 Illinois – Asbestos Exposure – Asbestos Mesothelioma Related Lawsuits

14 new asbestos cases filed Feb. 15-19 inMadisonCounty
3/9/2010 10:37 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 14 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of Feb. 15 through Feb. 19.

The following complaints were filed:

--Edward C. and Carol Bagley of Wisconsin allege Edward C. Bagley developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic at Bob Weimer/Prim Farms from 1960 until 1963, as a laborer at Chapman Foundry from 1963 until 1967, as a laborer at Badger Ordinance Works from 1967 until 1969, as a laborer at Speed Queen Factory in 1968, as a truck driver and mechanic at Brake Bush Bros. from 1970 until 1973, as a farmer in Wisconsin from 1973 until 1976, as a drywaller, carpenter and roofer from 1976 until 2009 and as a shade tree mechanic from 1960 until 1980. The Bagleys will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, W. Casey Harris and M. Clay Fostel of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-191.

--John J. Carpenter ofIllinois, a worker at Walworth's Foundry from 1942 until 1945, a member of the U.S. Navy from 1946 until 1948 and a self-employed farmer from 1952 until 2005,claims lung cancer. Carpenter will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-176.

--Robert Hamilton ofFlorida, a lab technician, field wireman and engineer at various locations from 1949 until 2007, claims mesothelioma.Hamilton will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-177.

--Joseph E. Harlan of Texas alleges his recently deceased father, William T. Harlan Sr., developed lung cancer after his work as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1943 until 1946, as a paper bundler for Southern Advanced Bag and Paper Company in 1938, as a material handler for W. Horace Williams in 1939 and as a ship carpenter for Pennsylvania Shipyard from 1941 until 1942. Joseph Harlan will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-175.

--Donald Lamb ofRhode Island, a construction worker and laborer at various locations from 1946 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. Lamb will be represented by Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-192.

--James O. and Marcia K. Patton ofIllinois claim James A. Pattondeveloped lung cancer after his work in the U.S. Navy from 1952 until 1954, as a fireman and electrician striker and as an automotive mechanic at Penney'sAutoCenter from 1966 until 1975. The Pattons will be represented by T. Barton French Jr. and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-189.

--James A. Robinette ofMissouri, a carpenter and residential and industrial worker from 1952 until 1978, claims mesothelioma. Robinette will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-180.

--Darla Salazar claims her recently deceased husband, Carmelo Salazar-Garcia, developed mesothelioma after his work as a construction laborer at KD Construction in 1973, as a maintenance worker at Ft. Clark Springs Association in 1974, as a painter for various construction companies in 1974, as a door manufacturer at Coco Corporation from 1974 until 1975, as a construction laborer for Friendship Builders in 1976, as a cutter and welder from 1974 until 1990, as a steel worker at Modern Drop Forge from 1994 until 2000 and as a shadetree mechanic from 1972 until 2008. Darla Salazar will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-187.

--Rebecca Sparks ofPennsylvania alleges her recently deceased father, Raymond Sparks, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and maintenance man at various locations from 1977 until 2002. Rebecca Sparks will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-182.

--Robert Sparks ofCalifornia, a pipe burner trainee, truck driver and furnace installer at various locations throughoutCalifornia from 1943 until 1977, claims mesothelioma.Sparks will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn and Christopher J. Levy of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-171.

--Ural and Beverly Williams of Ohio allege Ural Williams developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, welder and machinist at various locations from 1948 until 1991. The Williams will be represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-183.

--Loraine Zamber ofWisconsin alleges her recently deceased husband, Gerald Zamber, developed mesothelioma after his work as an aviation technician, fire control officer, economist and pipeline worker at various locations from 1951 until 1988. Loraine Zamber will be represented by Randy S. Cohn and Sean M. Keane of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-179.

--Edwin and Gloria Zavadil of Missouri allege Edwin Zavadill developed mesothelioma after his work as a seaman in the U.S. Navy from 1944 until 1946, as a fireman for the St. Louis Fire Department from 1947 until 1988, as a maintenance worker for various apartment complexes from 1976 until 1980, as a drywaller and home remodeler from 1958 until 1978 and as a shadetree mechanic from 1950 until 1978. The Zavadils will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, W. Casey Harris and M. Clay Fostel of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-190.

--Thomas and Alice Zimmer of Wisconsin allege Thomas Zimmer developed mesothelioma after his work as a delivery man at a grocery store and service man at Leisgang's/Ken's Standard Service Station from 1951 until 1953, as a punch press and power shear operator at Trane Company from 1953 until 1962, as a machinist mate from 1955 until 1957, as a tool and die maker at Wilson-Hurd Manufacuring from 1962 until 1964, as a tool and die maker at Zell Machine Industries from 1964 until 1966, as a researcher and developer at Fleckenstein from 1966 until 1970 and as a worker at Outboard Marine Corporation from 1970 until his retirement. Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing it. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-186.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

12 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyJan. 11-15
1/26/2010 3:28 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 12 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of Jan. 11 through Jan. 15.

The following complaints were filed:

--Elizabeth E. and Gary R. Batteiger ofMissouri claim Elizabeth E. Batteiger developed lung cancer after being secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who was a member of The Heat and Frost Insulators' Local #1 inSt. Louis. The Batteigers will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-24.

--Flora Bonar ofLouisiana claims her recently deceased husband, Donald Bonar, developed mesothelioma after his work as a radio technician at various locations from 1956 until 1979. Bonar will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-38.

--Marvin Carr ofIndiana alleges his recently deceased wife, Judith Ann Carr, developed lung cancer after her work as a laborer and home remodeler at various locations from 1968 until 1979. Marvin Carr will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-35.

--Sheila Dickeson of Alabama claims her recently deceased father, Enoch Duncan, developed malignant mesothelioma after his work as a doffer and laborer for Profile Cotton Mills from 1951 until 1953; as a laborer for Lee Brothers Foundry from 1952 until 1953; as a carpenter for O.W. Powers from 1953 until 1959; as a doffer and laborer for Union Yarn Mills from 1959 until 1965; as a brick mason for W. Ernest Rhodes from 1965 until 1976; as a self-employed brick mason from 1977 until 1982; as a brick mason for Bruce Smith Masonry from 1983 until 1985; and as a brick mason for Troy Spurlin from 1985 until 1991. Dickeson will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-26.

--Danny and Charlsie Elling of Oklahoma claim Danny Elling developed lung cancer after his work as a plumber at Archie Dupler Plumbing in 1971; as a carpenter for Jones Byrnes Construction from 1971 until 1972; as a plumber, pipefitter and laborer for Globe Construction from 1972 until 1973; as a plumber and pipefitter for Weatherby Godby Construction from 1973 until 1975; as a plumber and pipefitter for Ivey Plumbing and Electrical from 1975 until 1977; as a plumber and pipefitter for Republic Mechanical from 1977 until 1980; as a plumber and pipefitter for L&S Mechanical from 1980 until 1988; as a plumber and pipefitter for Adair Plumbing and Heating from 1988 until 1991; as a project supervisor for Advance Enterprises from 1991 until 2004; and as a self-employed shade tree mechanic from 1966 until now. The Ellings will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-25.

--Marcell F. Jones ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, John H. Jones Sr.,developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer and maintenance worker at various locations from 1966 until 1979. Jones will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-36.

--Ventura and Rosa Maria Lopez ofCalifornia claim Ventura Lopez developed mesothelioma after his work as a sanitation worker, laborer, mechanic and foreman from 1963 until 1979 and as a mechanic at Soco Gas Company from 1975 until 1979. The Lopezes will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, J.D. McMullen, William H. Barfield and Matthew P. McFarlane of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-29.

--Cora McGinn ofAlabama alleges her recently deceased husband, Stanley McGinn, developed mesothelioma after his work from 1962 until 1970 as a maintenance and repairman at Sears. Cora McGinn will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-27.

--John J. Meyer Jr. and Kristian Marie Meyer of Iowa allege John J. Meyer Jr. developed mesothelioma after his work as a general laborer in a machine shop in 1963; as a laborer for a service station in 1964; as a gas furnace installer and remover for Smith Plumbing and Heating in 1964; as a 10-foot boring mill operator at Hydro-Tile from 1964 until 1965; as a teletype operator and maintenance worker for the U.S. Army from 1965 until 1968; as a tire and muffler changer at Sears from 1968 until 1972; and as a boiler and refrigeration systems maintenance man at Sara Lee from 1972 until 1980. The Meyers will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-28.

--Roberta Mileski ofSouth Carolina, a clerk, laborer, beautician and health care aide worker at various locations throughout theUnited States from 1949 until 1978, claims mesothelioma. Mileski will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-19.

--Saundra Mosby ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Leo Mosby Jr.,developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician and laborer at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from 1959 until 2009. Saundra Mosby will be represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-39.

--Doris Orr ofIndiana claims her recently deceased husband, Robert Orr, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, machinist and maintenance worker at various locations from 1951 until 1979. Doris Orr will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-37.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Filed Cases

14 new asbestos cases filed Jan. 18-22
2/3/2010 11:56 AM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 14 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Jan. 18 through Jan. 22.

The following complaints were filed:

--James R. Bell ofAlabama, a laborer and carpenter at various locations from 1955 until 1979, claims lung cancer.Bell will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-59.

--David and Bernice Belton ofArizona claim David Belton developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer performing home repairs from 1958 until 1961, as a stone maker and layer from 1961 until 1963, as a welder for R.F.P. from 1965 until 1972 and as a welder for Chrysler from 1972 until 2002. The Beltons will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-64.

--Willie Buchanan ofMinnesota, a laborer and carpenter at various locations from 1967 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Buchanan will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-58.

--Louise Dotson ofIllinois, a laborer, welder and machinist at various locations from 1968 until 1979,claims lung cancer. Dotson will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-53.

--Terry L. Hupp ofOhio, a lab technician at various locations from 1967 until 1977, claims lung cancer. Hupp will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-60.

--Rogelio Perez Sr. of Indiana, a painter, laborer and operator at various locations from 1961 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Perez will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-57.

--Mary Phillips ofGeorgia claims the recently deceased Gertha Phillips developed mesothelioma after her work as a splicer at Anderson Mills from 1971 until 1976, as an inspector at Smith and Nephew from 1977 until 1990, as a battery inspector at Masbac from 1990 until 1998 and as a custodian atMuscogeeCountySchool District from 2003 until 2008. Mary Phillips will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-49.

--Mary Ramsey claims her recently deceased husband, James Ramsey, developed mesothelioma after his work as a carpenter helper at Ragland in 1965, as a lathe operator at CAPCO Finish from 1965 until 1966, as a tester at Stockham Valve in 1966, as an assembly line worker at Anniston Depot Assembly Line from 1966 until 1970, as a supply clerk at Anniston Depot Supply from 1970 until 1974, as a mechanic at Anniston Depot Electric from 1974 until 1977 and as a mechanic at Anniston Depot Fuel and Electric from 1977 until 1995. Mary Ramsey will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-51.

--James R. Smith ofMississippi, a laborer and carpenter at various locations from 1966 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Smith will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-56.

--Ginger Vail ofMississippi, a laborer at various locations in 1972, claims mesothelioma. Vail claims she was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her family member, Berdic Taylor, who worked as a laborer, carpenter and home remodeler at various locations from 1965 until 1976. Vail will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-54.

--William Warren ofUtah, a boiler technician and supervisor at various locations from 1944 until 1975, claims mesothelioma.Warren will be represented by Randy S. Cohn of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-61.

--Eddie Williams ofMissouri, a laborer and assembler at various locations from 1969 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Williams will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-55.

--Anna Mae Willie ofIndiana claims her recently deceased husband, Franklin D. Willie, developed lung cancer after his work as a plumber and electrician for Kitchen Kompact from 1956 until 1996. Anna Mae Willie will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-63.

--Frances Winberg claims her recently deceased husband, Tracy Winberg, developed mesothelioma after his work as a baker from the 1960s until 2008 and as a construction worker from the 1960s through the 1970s. Frances Winberg will be represented by Matthew B. McLeod of Shrader and Associates inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-65.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Complaints

14 new asbestos complaints filed inMadisonCountyNov. 9-14
11/23/2009 2:30 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 14 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of Nov. 9 through Nov. 13.

The following complaints were filed:

--Donald W. Armstrong ofNorth Carolina claims his recently deceased father, Earl A. Armstrong, developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician at various locations from 1944 until 1994. Donald W. Armstrong will be represented by Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1222.

--Frank Brown ofTexas, printer at various locations throughoutIllinois,Texas,Florida andColorado from 1954 until 2004, claims pleural mesothelioma. Brown will be represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1221.

--Leo Hampton Collins Jr. and Hazel Louann Collins ofSouth Carolina claim Leo Hampton Collins Jr. developed lung cancer after his work as a pipefitter and shipfitter from 1945 until 1951 and as a laborer and maintenance man from 1950 until 1990. The Collins will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1210.

--Paul Dwayne and Mina Dickerson ofIllinois claim Paul Dwayne Dickersondeveloped lung cancer after his work as a mechanic, carpenter and glazier at various locations from 1971 until now. The Dickersons will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and Sean M. Keane of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1203.

--Toni Gibson-Williams and Elmore Williams Jr. ofOhio claim Toni Gibson-Williams developed mesothelioma after her work as a security guard, assembly line worker, waitress and nurse assistant at various locations from 1978 until now. The Williams will be represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1212.

--Bonnie Glass ofAlabama claims her recently deceased husband, William G. Glass, developed mesothelioma after his work as a painter at various locations inAlabama and as an auto mechanic from 1975 until 1982. Bonnie Glass will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1223.

--Reford McGuire of Ohio, a transmission assembler and brake packer at General Motors from 1962 until 1991, claims mesothelioma. McGuire will be represented by Jackalyn A. Olinger, T. Barton French and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1217.

--Victor Nottoli ofOklahoma, a clerk, mail carrier and assembler at various locations throughoutIllinois,California,Texas andFlorida, claims mesothelioma. Nottoli will be represented G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder and Gianaris inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1219.

--Emma J. Oldham ofMissouri claims mesothelioma.Oldham was exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a boilermaker and pipefitter from 1952 until 1981. Oldham will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1214.

--Leon Roberson ofWisconsin, an assembly line worker, crane operator, truck driver, contractor and bar owner at various locations throughoutIllinois,Wisconsin,Tennessee,Arkansas andKentucky from 1961 until 2009, claims pleural mesothelioma. Roberson will be represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1208.

--Tonnie Louise Teague ofAlabama claims her recently deceased husband, Wallace Teague, developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer for the railroad from 1948 until 1950, as a lineman at Miller Weaver Cable Company from 1950 until 1952 and as a laborer at Ben Hey and Company from 1952 until 1972. Tonnie Louise Teague will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1211.

--Udeyne Weber ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Louis Weber,developed lung cancer after his work as a pipefitter, laborer and painter inIllinois from 1941 until 1983. Udeyne Weber will be represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1205.

--Joseph Whitehead of Indiana, a laborer and janitor at various locations from 1951 until 1986, claims mesothelioma. Whitehead will be represented by Randy S. Cohn of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1213.

--Dwight Wood Jr. of Indiana, a stock boy, meat apprentice, power inspector, electrician, power station laborer and turbine operator at various locations throughoutKentucky,Louisiana,Georgia andColorado from 1969 until 2009, claims lung cancer. Wood will be represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1220.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits 

13 new asbestos suits filed inMadisonCountyNov. 23-27
12/7/2009 12:56 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 13 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Nov. 23 through Nov. 27.

The following complaints were filed:

--Scott Carruthers ofIdaho claims his recently deceased father, Robert Carruthers,developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter at various locations throughoutIllinois andIdaho from 1963 until 2001. Carruthers will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and Sean M. Keane of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1271.

--David B. and Sherley Caudill of Arkansas claim David B. Caudill developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic at Caudill's Garage from 1955 until 1959, as a laborer at Arizona Citrus Growers from 1957 until 1959, as a laborer for Arizona Auto Parts Supply from 1960 until 1962, as a mechanic and construction laborer from 1962 until 1965, as a mechanic for the Arizona Highway Department in Arizona from 1960 until 1977, as an electrician from 1977 until now for Russellville Electronics, as a home remodeler from 1963 until 1977 and as a shadetree mechanic from 1955 until 1985. The Caudills will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, W. Casey Harris and M. Clay Fostel ofThe Lanier Law Firm inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1281.

--Rebecca Croucher ofNew York claims the recently deceased Arleen Besser developed mesothelioma after her work as a secretary for more than a decade and as a home improver from 1972 until 1976. Croucher will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint, Andrew J. Balcer and Jessica L. Benton of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1282.

--Lester and Mary Davis ofFlorida claim Lester Davis developed mesothelioma after his work in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1943 until 1945, as a delivery man at Dellwood Dairy from 1946 until 1971 and as a plant operator atHoustonIndependentSchool District from 1972 until 1990. TheDavis will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1279.

--Debra Granger of Indiana claims her recently deceased father, Eugene Marietta, developed mesothelioma after his work as a home constructor from the 1960s until the 1970s, as a shadetree mechanic from the 1940s until the 1970s, as a worker wrapping pipes with insulation from 1951 until 1953, as the owner of a drive thru movie business in 1970, as the owner and operator of a floral shop from 1971 until 1977, as realtor from 1978 until 1982 and as the owner and operator of weight loss centers from 1983 until 1988. Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing her. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1278.

--Willard and Emma K. Johnson ofIllinois claim Willard Johnsondeveloped lung cancer after his work as a machine repairman for Barber-Colman Company in 1943, as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1945 until 1948 and as a machine repairman from 149 until 1990. The Johnsons will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1284.

--Rita Lanham-Benson ofTennessee claims her recently deceased husband, S. Dewayne Lanham, developed mesothelioma after his work as a facility manager and home remodeler from 1961 until 1970. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1273.

--Paul and Judith Napierala ofWisconsin claim Paul Napierala developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician from 1960 until 1999. The Napieralas will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates of Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1280.

--Kathryn Peil ofMinnesota claims her recently deceased husband, James R. Peil Sr., developed as a laborer and home remodeler at various locations from 1956 until 1979. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1274.

--Joseph and Joan Schneider ofMichigan claim Joseph Schneider developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, assembly line worker, owner and operator of a lawnmower and chainsaw service shop and co-owner and co-operator of a residential insulation company at various locations throughoutIllinois andMichigan from 1948 until the 1980s. The Schneiders will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1277.

--Lula Shoff ofArizona, a laborer and assembly line worker at various locations from 1954 until 1970, claims lung cancer. Shoff will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1272.

--Diane Welstad ofNevada claims her recently deceased father, Robert Wilcoxson, developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, machinist and home remodeler at various locations from 1955 until 1979. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1275.

--Kenneth R. and Rita Wilson ofIllinois claim Kenneth R. Wilsondeveloped mesothlioma after his work as a service station worker in 1967, a member of the U.S. Navy from 1968 until 1969 and a general laborer from 1970. TheWilsons will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint, Andrew J. Balcer and Jessica L. Benton of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1276.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

13 new asbestos suits file Nov. 30-Dec. 4 inMadisonCounty
12/21/2009 8:52 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 13 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.

The following complaints were filed:

--Barbara Brawley of Arkansas claims her recently deceased husband, Thomas Brawley Jr., developed mesothelioma after his work at Liquid Carbonic and W.P. Rock in Illinois in 1954; as a pipefitter at DuPont Chemical from 1964 until 1965; at Hoyer Schlesinger Turner in 1968; at Piping Systems from 1968 until 1970; as an insulator and laborer at Brown and Roots from 1969 until 1985; and as a member of the Steamfitters' Local 614. Barbara Brawley will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1306.

--Deborah and Glenn Briscoe ofWest Virginia claim Deborah Briscoe developed mesothelioma after her work at UPS Freight from 1972 until 2009. She was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as an electrician, and through her father, who was a mechanic, according to the complaint. The Briscoes will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1292.

--Beverly Dietrich ofMinnesota claims her brother, Richard Dietrich, developed mesothelioma after his work as a supervisor at various locations from 1952 until the late 1980s. Beverly Dietrich will be represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1302l

--David Gallagher of New York claims his recently deceased father, Arnold Gallagher,developed mesothelioma after his work as a machinist, oiler, expediter, planner, mechanic, sales, building maintenance and maintenance manager at various locations throughoutIllinois, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California and Utah from 1956 until 1998. David Gallagher will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1303.

--Sam E. and Shirley Grace Jones of Alabama claim Sam E. Jones developed mesothelioma after his work as a farmer and construction worker from 1940 until 1966, as a laborer at Enterprise Oil Mill from 1966 until 1979, as an assembly line worker for Dorsey's Tractor Trailer from 1966 until 1994 and as a security officer for Session Company from 1982 until 1983. The Jones will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1289.

--William Helsby ofNevada, a technician, tool and dye worker, mold helper and iron cutter at various locations throughoutIllinois andMichigan from 1957 until 1998, claims mesothelioma. Helsby will be represented by Randy S. Cohn of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1309.

--Gregory A. and Patricia M. Kozlowski ofPennsylvania claim Gregory A. Kozlowski developed mesothelioma after his work as a union laborer for LIUNA Local #373 from 1967 until 1978 and as an operating engineer with IUOE Local #66 from 1978 until 1992. The Kozlowskis will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1298.

--Charles R. Nahl ofMinnesota, an electrician at Great Northern Railway from 1952 until 1991, claims mesothelioma. Nahl will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1293.

--Janet Neumann of Wyoming claims her recently deceased husband, Dale L. Neumann, developed lung cancer after his work as a pipefitter and welder from 1952 until 1956, as a welder for Independent Engineering Company from 1956 until 1961, as a worker for JMJ Industries and as a self-employed contractor in 1957, as a construction worker in 1958 for Ben Ruser Construction, as a contractor for M & H Builders from 1961 until 1962, as a self-employed contractor from 1962 until 1990 and as a wood worker from 1990 until his death. Janet Neumann will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1311.

--Richard and Kathleen Pierce of Minnesota claim Richard Pierce developed mesothelioma after his work as a shipping packager at LDI Safeco in 1996, as a boiler tech for the U.S. Navy from 1961 until 1964, as a warehouseman, forklift operator and receiving checker for United Hardware from 1967 until 1991, as a shipper and receiver for Ausburg Fortress Publishers from 1991 until 1995, as a slag stripper at Olympic Steel from 1996 until 1997, as an order preparer at Kmart Distribution Center from 1997 until 2000, as a shadetree mechanic from the 1960s until 1980s, as general laborer at a cheese plant from 1964 until 1965, as a gas pumper and cashier in the 1960s and as a warehouseman at St. Regis Paper Company in the 1960s. The Pierces will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1294.

--Nancy Pigue ofMissouri claims her recently deceased husband, Edward Pigue, developed mesothelioma after his work as a truck driver, laborer and mechanic's helper from 1943 until 1986. Nancy Pigue will be represented by Randy S. Cohn of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1296.

--Leslie E. Rees ofCalifornia, a service boiler maker from 1950 until 1955, a member of the United States Navy at various intervals from 1950 until 1969, a research and development technician from 1968 until 1971 and a building maintenance laborer from 1973 until 1977, claims mesothelioma. Rees will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1297.

--Lorenzo Walker of Iowa, a stocker at Baker's Supermarket in 1993, a worker at Caniglia Italian Restaurant in 1994, a packer at Arnie Hanson's Furniture Moving from 1995 until 1998 and a temporary worker at All in a Day Temp Service from 1995 until 2001, claims mesothelioma.Walker will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1310.

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Illinois – Asbestos Exposure – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

10 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyDec. 21-24
1/12/2010 2:38 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 10 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of Dec. 21 through Dec. 25.

The following complaints were filed:

--Phlegar Compton ofNew Jersey, an engineer at various locations throughoutIllinoisandPennsylvania from 1940 until 1984,claims mesothelioma.Compton will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1391.

--Kenneth Fehribach ofFlorida, a laborer, production worker, tooling engineer and injection mold operator at various locations throughout theUnited States from 1948 until 1986, claims mesothelioma. Fehribach was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, Lawrence Fehribach, who worked as an assembler and repairman from 1933 until 1972 inMichigan, according to the complaint. Fehribach will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1399.

--Pamela Gonzalez ofCalifornia claims the recently deceased Leanne K. Shipman developed mesothelioma after her work for Montgomery Ward and Company, for Sears Holding Corporation, for Toyota Santa Ana, for Rosalie Ginther, for Power Lift Corporation, for Forty-three, for California Rubber Products, for OA Systems and for Monterey-Carmel Communications Corporation. Shipman was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her former husband, Mark McDonald, who worked as a machinist on military equipment and who performed remodeling projects on apartment buildings aroundLos Angeles, and through her sister, Ilona Arnedt, who worked as a manufacturer of plastic products at Fesco Plastics Corporation, according to the complaint. Gonzalez will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Andrew J. Balcer of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1392.

--Anton Greiner of Ohio, who worked on personal vehicles in Dayton from 1960 until 1980; who worked in Kingston in a shipyard building an aluminum minesweeper in 1961, who worked as a pipefitter for Globe Verniki from 1959 until 1964, who worked as a pipefitter in 1964 and who worked as a pipefitter for General Motors from 1965 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. Greiner will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1395.

--Dennis and Rachel Landis of Florida claim Dennis Landis developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter in the early 1970s at Martin Welder, as a laborer in 1975 at Johns Manville, as a laborer at Scannell Boiler Works, as a laborer in the late 1970s at Prelco, as a builder of fuel trucks at Tech-Weld in the late 1970s and early 1980s and as a member of the Teamsters Local Union 49. He was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father who worked as a teamster truck driver, according to the complaint. The Landises will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1394.

--Murriel O'Neill claims the recently deceased Naomi Winter developed mesothelioma after she was exposed to asbestos fibers through a family member, Walter A. Winter, who worked as a laborer from 1950 until 1970 at various locations. O'Neill will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1389.

--Michelle Rice ofTexas claims her recently deceased father, Oren Monceaux developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and home remodeler at various locations from 1968 until 1979. Rice will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1388.

--Martha Royal ofMissouri claims her recently deceased husband, Jerry Royal, developed lung cancer after his work as a machinist and home remodeler at various locations from 1955 until 1979. Royal will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1387.

--John Ward ofNevada claims his recently deceased father, Robert Carroll Ward, developed mesothelioma after his work as a firefighter at various locations throughoutIllinois andCalifornia from 1969 until 2009. John Ward will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and Sean M. Keane of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1393.

--Keith West Sr. and Ruth West ofMichigan claim Keith West Sr. developed mesothelioma after his work as a stationary engineer, laborer, foreman and truck driver at various locations from 1958 until 1998. The Wests will be represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1390.

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Illinois – Asbestos Cases –Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit

16 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyOct. 26-30
11/12/2009 8:21 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 16 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of Oct. 26 through Oct. 30.

The following complaints were filed:

--Glenn E. and Betty J. Bowers of Ohio claim Glenn E. Bowers developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army from 1951 until 1953 as a lineman, as a kilnsitter for American Vitrified from 1947 until 1960 and as a molder and foreman for Insul Co. and Exochem Corporation from 1960 until 1993. The Bowers will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1155.

--Linda Bryan ofNorth Carolina claims her recently deceased husband, Ashley Bryan, developed mesothelioma after his work as a clerk and inspector at various locations from 1955 until 1996. Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton will be representing Linda Bryan. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1146.

--Henry Chambers ofKentucky, a laborer and latherer at various locations from 1961 until 1979, claims colon cancer. Chamber will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1152.

--Donna Marie Cloud ofMissouri alleges she developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, who worked at Brownville Paper Company, and through her sister, who worked at New York Air Brake. Cloud will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1162.

--Bernard A. Davis ofNew Jersey, a laborer and truck driver at various locations from 1964 until 1979, claims lung cancer.Davis will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1150.

--Christopher and Desiree Dupuis ofLouisiana claim Christopher Dupuis developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, pipefitter's helper, electrician's helper, assembly line worker and shipfitter at various locations throughoutIllinois andLouisiana from 1985 until now. Christopher Dupuis was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father who worked at a fertilizer company from 1974 until 1994, according to the complaint. The Dupuis will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1139.

--Leo Faneuf Jr. of Florida, an engineer with the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1946, an engineer at the Western Electric Plant from 1946 until 1948, an engineer at the Ruberoid Plant from 1948 until 1950, an engineer with the U.S. Navy from 1950 until 1952, an engineer at the Ruberoid Plant from 1952 until 1959, a plant engineer at the Ruberoid Plant from 1959 until 1962, a plant engineer at the Ruberoid Plant in Alabama from 1962 until 1965, a plant engineer at the Ruberoid Plant in Illinois from 1965 until 1968, a plant manager at the Ruberoid Plant from 1968 until 1969 and a regional manager at the Ruberoid Plant from 1969 until 1971, claims mesothelioma. Faneuf will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1161.

--Deborah Gilchrist ofPennsylvania claims her recently deceased father, Joseph Oliveri, developed lung cancer after his work as a sheet metal worker and welder at various locations inIllinois from 1947 until 1975. Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1147.

--Kay Greene ofCalifornia, a teacher at various locations from 1954 until 1959, claims mesothelioma. Greene will be represented by Robert Philips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1153.

--William Halley claims his recently deceased mother, Mary Halley, developed mesothelioma after her work as a seamstress at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Mary Halley was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a maintenance man for the St. Louis Board of Education from 1960 until 1967, according to the complaint. William Halley will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1159.

--Alice Isoline ofIllinois claims the recently deceased Bill Isolinedeveloped lung cancer after his work as a boilermaker from 1964 until 1993 at various locations inIllinois andIndiana. Alice Isoline will be represented by Michael R. Bilbrey and James R. Stever of the Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey in Glen Carbon. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1142.

--William G. and Jean McQuaig of Tennessee claim William G. McQuaig developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1952 until 1956, as a part-time electrician from 1956 until 1960, as an engineer technical reports writer at Colbert Steam Plant from 1961 until 1963, as an engineer technical reports writer at Bull Run Steam Plant from 1963 until 1967, as an engineer technical reports writer at Paradise Steam Plant from 1967 until 1970, as an engineer technical reports writer at Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant from 1970 until 1973, as a technical editor and writer at Tennessee Valley Authority from 1973 until 1985, as a specifications writer at Lockwood Green Architectural and Engineering Firm from 1985 until 1987, as a nuclear procedures editor from 1987 until 1988, as a safety analysis reports editor from 1988 until 1998 and as a technical writer and editor from 1998 until 1999. The McQuaigs will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1160.

--John Henry Rinier Jr. and Miriam Ann Kreider-Rinier ofPennsylvania claim John Henry Rinier Jr. developed malignant mesothelioma after his work as a boiler tender in the United States Navy from 1958 until 1964. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing them. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1143.

--Joyce Schreur ofCalifornia claims her recently deceased husband, Robert Schreur, developed mesothelioma after his work as a messenger, laborer and teacher at various locations throughoutIllinois,New York,New Jersey andCalifornia from 1950 until 1990. Robert Schreur was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked as a laborer from the 1930s until the 1980s, according to the complaint. Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1148.

--Robert Squzert of Indiana, a laborer and steelworker at various locations from 1955 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Squzert will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1151.

--Donna Vileta ofArkansas claims her recently deceased brother, Charles Cameron, developed lung cancer after his work as a pipefitter and home remodeler at various locations from 1955 until 1979. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1149.

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Illinois – Asbestos Cases –Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit

16 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyOct. 26-30
11/12/2009 8:21 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 16 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of Oct. 26 through Oct. 30.

The following complaints were filed:

--Glenn E. and Betty J. Bowers of Ohio claim Glenn E. Bowers developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army from 1951 until 1953 as a lineman, as a kilnsitter for American Vitrified from 1947 until 1960 and as a molder and foreman for Insul Co. and Exochem Corporation from 1960 until 1993. The Bowers will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1155.

--Linda Bryan ofNorth Carolina claims her recently deceased husband, Ashley Bryan, developed mesothelioma after his work as a clerk and inspector at various locations from 1955 until 1996. Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton will be representing Linda Bryan. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1146.

--Henry Chambers ofKentucky, a laborer and latherer at various locations from 1961 until 1979, claims colon cancer. Chamber will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1152.

--Donna Marie Cloud ofMissouri alleges she developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, who worked at Brownville Paper Company, and through her sister, who worked at New York Air Brake. Cloud will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1162.

--Bernard A. Davis ofNew Jersey, a laborer and truck driver at various locations from 1964 until 1979, claims lung cancer.Davis will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1150.

--Christopher and Desiree Dupuis ofLouisiana claim Christopher Dupuis developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, pipefitter's helper, electrician's helper, assembly line worker and shipfitter at various locations throughoutIllinois andLouisiana from 1985 until now. Christopher Dupuis was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father who worked at a fertilizer company from 1974 until 1994, according to the complaint. The Dupuis will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1139.

--Leo Faneuf Jr. of Florida, an engineer with the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1946, an engineer at the Western Electric Plant from 1946 until 1948, an engineer at the Ruberoid Plant from 1948 until 1950, an engineer with the U.S. Navy from 1950 until 1952, an engineer at the Ruberoid Plant from 1952 until 1959, a plant engineer at the Ruberoid Plant from 1959 until 1962, a plant engineer at the Ruberoid Plant in Alabama from 1962 until 1965, a plant engineer at the Ruberoid Plant in Illinois from 1965 until 1968, a plant manager at the Ruberoid Plant from 1968 until 1969 and a regional manager at the Ruberoid Plant from 1969 until 1971, claims mesothelioma. Faneuf will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1161.

--Deborah Gilchrist ofPennsylvania claims her recently deceased father, Joseph Oliveri, developed lung cancer after his work as a sheet metal worker and welder at various locations inIllinois from 1947 until 1975. Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1147.

--Kay Greene ofCalifornia, a teacher at various locations from 1954 until 1959, claims mesothelioma. Greene will be represented by Robert Philips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1153.

--William Halley claims his recently deceased mother, Mary Halley, developed mesothelioma after her work as a seamstress at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Mary Halley was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a maintenance man for the St. Louis Board of Education from 1960 until 1967, according to the complaint. William Halley will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1159.

--Alice Isoline ofIllinois claims the recently deceased Bill Isolinedeveloped lung cancer after his work as a boilermaker from 1964 until 1993 at various locations inIllinoisandIndiana. Alice Isoline will be represented by Michael R. Bilbrey and James R. Stever of the Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey in Glen Carbon. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1142.

--William G. and Jean McQuaig of Tennessee claim William G. McQuaig developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1952 until 1956, as a part-time electrician from 1956 until 1960, as an engineer technical reports writer at Colbert Steam Plant from 1961 until 1963, as an engineer technical reports writer at Bull Run Steam Plant from 1963 until 1967, as an engineer technical reports writer at Paradise Steam Plant from 1967 until 1970, as an engineer technical reports writer at Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant from 1970 until 1973, as a technical editor and writer at Tennessee Valley Authority from 1973 until 1985, as a specifications writer at Lockwood Green Architectural and Engineering Firm from 1985 until 1987, as a nuclear procedures editor from 1987 until 1988, as a safety analysis reports editor from 1988 until 1998 and as a technical writer and editor from 1998 until 1999. The McQuaigs will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1160.

--John Henry Rinier Jr. and Miriam Ann Kreider-Rinier ofPennsylvania claim John Henry Rinier Jr. developed malignant mesothelioma after his work as a boiler tender in the United States Navy from 1958 until 1964. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing them. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1143.

--Joyce Schreur ofCalifornia claims her recently deceased husband, Robert Schreur, developed mesothelioma after his work as a messenger, laborer and teacher at various locations throughoutIllinois,New York,New Jersey andCalifornia from 1950 until 1990. Robert Schreur was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked as a laborer from the 1930s until the 1980s, according to the complaint. Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1148.

--Robert Squzert of Indiana, a laborer and steelworker at various locations from 1955 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Squzert will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1151.

--Donna Vileta ofArkansas claims her recently deceased brother, Charles Cameron, developed lung cancer after his work as a pipefitter and home remodeler at various locations from 1955 until 1979. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1149.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

15 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyOct. 19-23
11/10/2009 7:24 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 15 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Oct. 19 through Oct. 23.

The following complaints were filed:

--Ann M. Bailey ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Robert E. Bailey,developed lung cancer after his work with the Steamfitters Local 429 from 1950 until 1990. Ann M. Bailey will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1138.

--Judith Bonfield of Indiana, a clerk, secretary, travel agent and administrative assistant at various locations from 1964 until 2001, claims mesothelioma. Bonfield will be represented by Randy S. Cohn of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1123.

--Shirley Foley claims she should be entitled to file a lawsuit on behalf of her recently deceased husband, C.L. Foley, who had a right to pursue an asbestos claim. Shirley Foley will be represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1109.

--Ellen and James Girt ofOregon claim Ellen Girt developed mesothelioma after her work as a bookkeeper at various locations from 1978 until 2005. Ellen Girt was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her spouse, who worked as a logger, laborer, pilot and farmer at various locations from 1968 until now. The Girts will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1111.

--Samantha Gordon claims the recently deceased Ralph T. Mallory Jr. developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter and welder in the U.S. Navy from 1958 until 1968, as a power and construction worker from 1968 until 1972, as a construction superintendent at Voss International from 1972 until 1975, as a construction superintendent for Coke Battery from 1975 until 1977 and as a construction worker and plumber from 1988 until 1991. Gordon will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville.

--Edmundo Gutierrez ofCalifornia, a clerk, assembler and parts and shipping clerk at various locations throughoutCalifornia from 1972 until 1996, claims mesothelioma. Gutierrez will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn and Christopher J. Levy of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1122.

--Densic Hayes Jr. ofLouisiana claims his recently deceased father, Densic Hayes Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, cook and dietician at various locations throughoutLouisiana andCalifornia from 1956 until 2009. Densic Hayes Jr. will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn and John P. Wagner of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1132.

--Floyd Hicks Jr. and Earline Hicks of Kentucky claim Floyd Hicks Jr. developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer for General Motors from 1959 until 1989. The Hicks will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1137.

--Jeanette Moorman ofOregon, claims her recently deceased husband, Wilfred Moorman, developed mesothelioma after his work as a concrete worker, pipefitter, welder and coal carrier from 1942 until 1978. Jeanette Moorman will be represented Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd of East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1124.

--Eddie Patterson of Illinois, a painter at Chrysler from 1964 until 1967, a helper at Gray Iron Foundry from 1969 until 1970, an assembly line worker at J.I. Case from 1970 until 1972, a forklift driver from 1972 until 1986 and a home remodeler, claims lung cancer. Patterson will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1110.

--Charles E. Schmidt ofMaryland alleges Lurecia M. Schmidt died from mesothelioma after working as a service worker at theUniversity ofMiami. Charles E. Schmidt will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1118.

--Raymond Strickland ofMississippi claims his recently deceased wife, Lillian Strickland, developed mesothelioma after she was exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as an insulator at various locations from 1948 until 1979. Raymond Strickland will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1116.

--Elaine Taylor-Tyler claims her recently deceased father, Dave Tyler, developed lung cancer after his work around asbestos fibers. Taylor-Tyler will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1136.

--Krystyna Wolek ofIllinois claims her recently deceased uncle, Frank Balwierz,developed mesothelioma after his work as a machinist at various locations from 1964 until 1994. Wolek will be represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1117.

--Lois Yates ofVirginia claims her recently deceased husband, Johnny Yates, Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a coal shooter, penner operator, gas attendant and mechanic at various locations throughoutVirginia. Lois Yates will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn and John P. Wagner of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1133.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – New Asbestos Cases

15 new asbestos cases filed Oct. 12-16
10/26/2009 12:13 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 15 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Oct. 12 through Oct. 16.

The following complaints were filed:

--Martha A. Barrett ofAlabama claims the recently deceased Doyle H. Barrett developed mesothelioma after his work as a silk screen maker, printer, material handler, technician, packer, assembler, insulator, drywaller, dockworker and driver. Martha A. Barrett will be represented by Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1102.

--Gordon and Judith Belcher ofTexas claim Gordon Belcher developed lung cancer after his work as a member of the United States Navy from 1945 until 1964 and as a boiler inspector at Cumy Commercial Union, Indian Insurance Company, Cummin Froster U.S. Fire, Home Insurance Company, Factory Mutual and American General from 1965 until the 1990s. The Belchers will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1100.

--Patricia Broadfoot ofMissouri claims her recently deceased husband, Darmon Broadfoot, developed pleural plaques after his work as a laborer, miner and driller at various locations from 1946 until 1979. Patricia Broadfoot will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1086.

--Tywana M. Dantzler ofLouisiana claims her recently deceased father, Bobbyn Dantzler, developed lung cancer after his work as a welder and home remodeler at various locations from 1972 until 1979. Dantzler will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1091.

--Albert Dorgan ofMassachusetts, an insulator and police officer at various locations from 1951 until 1981, claims mesothelioma. Dorgan will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1095.

--L.J. Hilson ofIllinois, a laborer and operator at variouslocation from 1973 until 1979,claims lung cancer. Hilson will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1089.

--Catherine Hupp ofWest Virginia claims her recently deceased husband, Billy D. Hupp, developed lung cancer after his work as a tank operator and home remodeler from 1955 until 1979. Catherine Hupp will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1093.

--Jesse E. Miller Jr. ofMissouri claims his recently deceased father, Jesse Miller, developed asbestosis after his work as a laborer at various locations from 1957 until 1979. Jesse E. Miller Jr. will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1087.

--Kathleen Laramie ofMissouri, a worker at various locations from 1990 until now, claims mesothelioma.Laramie will be represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1101.

--Fred E. Nelson ofIllinois, a painter and drywall applicator from 1954 until 1987, a painter at General Electric from 1955 until 1978, a painter at the General Motors Foundry in the 1950s and a painter at Quaker Oats in the 1970s,claims mesothelioma. Nelson will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, W. Casey Harris and M. Clay Fostel of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1084.

--Ambus Pearson ofIllinois, a maintenance technician and home remodeler at various locations from 1970 until 1979,claims lung cancer. Pearson will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1092.

--Michael and Jennifer Pikaart ofMichigan claim Michael Pikaart developed mesothelioma after his work as a farm hand, laborer, manager, seaman and factory worker from 1978 until now. Michael Pikaart was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, Floyd Pikaart, who worked as a mechanic at a farm tractor and implement dealership, according to the complaint. The Pikaarts will be represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1085.

--Sharon Sale and Paula Sarno ofCalifornia claim their recently deceased father, Lloyd Sale, developed mesothelioma after his work as a telecommunications installer at various locations from 1953 until 1979.Sale and Sarno will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1088.

--Elmer Wallace claims his recently deceased wife, Audrey Wallace, developed mesothelioma after her work as a laborer at various locations from 1940 until 1950. Audrey Wallace was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a fork lift driver and truck dispatcher at various locations from 1957 until 1972, according to the complaint. Elmer Wallace will be represented by Robert Phillips and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1090.

--James L. and Leone A. Wallace claim James L. Wallace developed mesothelioma after he worked around asbestos fibers. The Wallaces will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1083.

--William Watson, a member of the United States Navy from 1943 until 1946, a stocker at the General Electric Company from 1952 until 1957 and an automobile mechanic from 1957 until 1980, claims mesothelioma. Watson will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1094.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Madison County asbestos cases top last year's total
11/13/2009 8:42 AM By AnnKnef 

In the last three years,asbestos filings have been steadily increasing inMadisonCounty, so it may be no wonder that the number of new cases filed so far in 2009 has exceeded the total number filed in 2008.

As of Nov. 6, 656 new asbestos cases have been filed in theEdwardsville courthouse, compared to 639 in 2008.

Having peaked in 2003 with 953 filings,MadisonCounty continues to carry one of the heaviest asbestos dockets in the country.

As one asbestos defense attorney put it,MadisonCounty's asbestos court has "turned into a processing center."

The attorney, who spoke on background, talked about the court's 2004 standing order as among the reasons whyMadisonCounty favors asbestos plaintiffs.

The order, signed by former Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron, superseded a 1995 order governing all asbestos cases and came at the height of a backlogged docket. "Since that time, various new circumstances have made it difficult for the Court and parties to operate with maximum efficiency and fairness...," Byron's order states.

Among the broad dictates in the standing order, asbestos attorneys can set trial dates more than a year and a half in advance.

"On or before March 10 of each year, each Plaintiff's firm shall submit a request for trial dates for the following year and serve the same on all defense counsel of record," the order states. "The request need not specify cases to be set. The Court shall...thereafter, issue a trial schedule for the following year."

As the defense attorney stated, trial dates "prompt settlements."

The attorney said that an averagesettlement may be close to $2.5 million.

In the coming weeks, theRecord will be taking a closer look at the court's scheduling practices and the impact advance trial setting has onMadisonCounty's asbestos docket, and who benefits.

TheMadisonCounty asbestos docket also is in transition, as current asbestos Judge Daniel Stack has announced his retirement by the end of next year. He has indicated that three civil court judges are being considered as his replacement.

Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder may be among those three. She recently sat in for Stack during a status conference while he was out of town.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Cases Filed

27 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountySept. 8-11
9/22/2009 1:49 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 27 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Sept. 8 through Sept. 11.

The following complaints were filed:

--Leslie Arp ofIllinois, an insulator at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1957 until 2000,claims colon cancer. Arp will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-942.

--Christine Blackmon ofAlabama claims mesothelioma. Blackmon was exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who was a carpenter at Brasfield and Gorrie Construction from 1978 until 1998, according to the complaint. She was also exposed when her husband performed remodeling work on their home in the 1970s, the suit states. Blackmon will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-945.

--Andrew W. Brule ofNew York, a laborer and foreman from 1955 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Brule will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-957.

--Debby Canarini ofIndiana claims her recently deceased husband, Sargio Canarini, developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer, iron worker, engineer and home remodeler from 1960 until 1979. Canarini will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-955.

--Ezra and Emma Crawmer ofMissouri claims Ezra Crawmer developed mesothelioma after his work as a carpenter at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from 1943 until 1988. The Crawmers are represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-972.

--Kathryn and Ronald Dehning ofIowa claim Kathryn Dehning developed mesothelioma after her work with molding compounds and plastics and as a member of the machinists' union. Kathryn Dehning was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked on his father's farm, at a local lumber yard in 1966, as a machinery dealer, as a laborer at Mealey Goss Dexter from 1966 until 1967 and as a laborer at Lang's Dairy Equipment from 1967 until 2009, according to the complaint. The Dehnings will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-968.

--Christina Eaken ofIllinois claims her recently deceased father, Donald Creamer,developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer, electrician and home remodeler at various locations from 1954 until 1979. Eaken will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-952.

--Donald Fallin ofLouisiana, a painter and repairman from 1955 until 1979 at various locations, claims lung cancer. Fallin will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-938.

--Bonnie Harrison claims the recently deceased Luralove Stripling developed mesothelioma after her work as a teacher at various locations from 1965 until 1979. Luralove Stripling was also exposed to asbestos fibers after her family member, Abner Stripling, worked as a pipefitter at various locations from 1940 until 1977, according to the complaint. Bonnie Harrison will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-963.

--William L. Hawkins ofWashington,D.C., claims his recently deceased mother, Kathleen Porter-Hawkins, developed mesothelioma after her work at Norfolk Naval Base and Shipyard from 1941 until 1944, with Bethlehem Steel from 1944 until 1949, at American Silk Mill from the 1940s until the 1950s and at Gordonsville Industries from 1968 until 1976. William L. Hawkins will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-969.

--Marshall J. and Emma Hooks ofGeorgia claim Marshall Hooks developed mesothelioma after his work at Auto Paints and Supplies from 1958 until 1960 and as a grab truck driver and millwright for International Paper Company from 1960 until 2002. The Hooks will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-962.

--Linda Iannone ofNew Jersey claims her recently deceased husband, John Iannone, developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer, wire assembler, dispatcher, material handler, bench hand, layout operator and home remodeler at various locations from 1951 until 1979. Linda Iannone will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-953.

--Rheta Larson ofMinnesota, a laborer and office clerk at various locations from 1969 until 1971, claims mesothelioma. Larson will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-959.

--Catherine Lavallee ofMassachusetts, a chef, mortgage processor, delivery driver, assembly line worker and quality control inspector at various locations from 1982 until now, claims mesothelioma. Lavallee says she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her family member, Michael Stevens, who worked as a home remodeler at various locations from 1968 until 1979. Lavallee will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-940.

--Sandra Lee ofCalifornia claims her recently deceased father, Wilburn H. Smith, a merchant marine oiler, fireman, boiler tender and home remodeler at various locations from 1940 until 1978, developed lung cancer. Lee will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-954.

--John Leonard ofMissouri, a laborer at various locations from 1968 until 1979, claims esophageal cancer. Leonard will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-939.

--Helene Loewen claims her recently deceased husband, Kenneth Loewen, developed mesothelioma after his work as a plumber's assistant, pipe layer, boilerman, gas fitter, furnace installer, heating supplies salesman and deliveryman, plumber, sheet metal worker, heating and air-conditioning serviceman and HVAC equipment manager at various locations from 1954 until 1979. Helene Loewen will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-941.

--Leland Lorbecke ofWisconsin, a farm hand, laborer, sprinkler fitter and water manager at various locations from 1948 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Lorbecke will be represented by Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-951.

--Hager and Wilda Lowe ofFlorida claim Hager Lowe developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician, laborer and supervisor at various locations from 1942 until 1989. The Lowes will be represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton.

--Michael McClure ofMissouri claims his recently deceased sister, Brenda McClure, developed lung cancer after her work as a teacher's aide from 1973 until 1975. Brenda McClure was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her family member, Mary McClure, who worked as an inspector, paint mixer and can packer at various locations from 1959 until 1979, according to the complaint. Michael McClure will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-964.

--Mary A. McQuiston ofFlorida, a sheet metal worker for Sun Shipyard from 1942 until 1945, an administrative worker for General Electric during the late 1940s and a wallpaper hanger and painter from 1963 until 1978, claims mesothelioma. McQuiston was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a painter and wallpaper hanger from 1946 until 1978 and as a carpenter from 1975 until 1978, according to the complaint. McQuiston will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-971.

--Courtney M. Oakley Sr. claims the recently deceased Shirley Wellmaker developed lung cancer after her work as a social worker, nurse associate and laborer at various locations from 1966 until 1979. Shirley Wellmaker was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her family member, Willie J. Wellmaker, who worked as a laborer and mold finisher at various locations from 1964 until 1979, according to the complaint. Oakley will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-965.

--Barbara Ann Padilla ofNew Mexico, a customer service representative at various locations from 1974 until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Padilla was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her family member, David Padilla, who worked as a knife grinder, maintenance man and home remodeler from 1966 until 1979. Barbara Ann Padilla will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-958.

--Joann R. Seaver ofMinnesota, a computer operator from 1965 until 1978, claims mesothelioma. Seaver will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-956.

--Delphine Simms ofMissouri claims her recently deceased husband, Barney Simms Jr., developed lung cancer after his work as a maintenance worker and assembly line worker at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from 1961 until 1989. Delphine Simms will be represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-950.

--Marvin E. and Mary Ann Sydnor ofTennessee claim Marvin E. Sydnor developed mesothelioma after his work as a furniture builder for Gaines Manufacturing Co. from 1962 until 1965, as a DC operator at Consolidate Aluminum Corp. from 1965 until 1971 and as a carpenter from 1971 until 1984. The Sydnors will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-970.

--Eugene and Myrtle Weible of Nebraska claim Eugene Weible developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army and as a forklift driver at Carpenter Paper Company. Eugene Weible also flocked Christmas trees in 1956, according to the complaint. The Weibles will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-961.

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Illinois – Asbestos Exposure – Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawsuits 

16 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountySept. 21-25
10/9/2009 2:23 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 16 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Sept. 21 through Sept. 25.

The following complaints were filed:

--Mary Bertrand ofOntario alleges the recently deceased Robert Bertrand developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and insulator at various locations throughoutIllinois andCanada from 1969 until 2008. Mary Bertrand will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1003.

--Robert and Isabelle Bullock ofOhio claim Robert Bullockdeveloped mesothelioma after his work as a teacher, minister, bus driver, toll booth operator and self-employed operator of various camps and resorts throughoutIllinois,Missouri,Pennsylvania andNew York from 1950 until 2005. The Bullocks will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1004.

--Walter Cain, a member of the U.S. Navy from 1967 until 1971 and from 1975 and 1977 and a worker at various other jobs until 2007, claims mesothelioma. Cain will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1017.

--Bruce Klabunde ofNorth Dakota claims his recently deceased mother, Elizabeth Klabunde, developed mesothelioma after her work as a receptionist and home remodeler at various locations from 1970 until 1979. Bruce Klabunde will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1011.

--Gerald and Kathleen LaBathe ofTexas claim Gerald LaBathe developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army in 1951 and in the National Guard from 1954 until 1974. Gerald LaBathe was also a member of the Asbestos Workers' Local 34 and worked in numerous refineries and chemical plants, according to the complaint. The LaBathes will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1018.

--Dolores Molloy ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Joseph Molloy, developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician and mechanic at various locations from 1948 until 1985. Dolores Molloy will be represented by Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1025.

--Fabian Moyano claims his recently deceased father, Guillermo Moyano, developed mesothelioma after his work as a superintendent from 1970 until 1979. Fabian Moyano will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1010.

--Dexter Napier of Georgia, a laborer at various locations from 1961 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Napier will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1012.

--Donald Pattison claims recently deceased Arthella Pattison developed mesothelioma after her work atSt. Johns and Orvid-Elsie schools. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Reo Ivan Pattison, who worked as a press operator. Donald Pattison will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Andrew J. Balcer of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1026.

--Adriana M. Perez of Florida, a laborer at ABC Print Shop in Miami from 1964 until 1979, a laborer at Haiti from 1964 until 1968, an office worker at Nikki Lu in the 1980s and a secretary at a doctor's office in 1985, claims mesothelioma. Perez claims she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a maintenance worker at a foundry, according to the complaint. Perez will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1002.

--Richard W. and Geraldine F. Reeves of Indiana claim Richard W. Reeves developed mesothelioma after his work as a seaman in the U.S. Navy from 1955 until 1958, as a bill collector for various credit and accounting firms from 1958 until 1970 and as a boilermaker for various employees through the international Boilermaker Union from 1970 until 1995. Richard W. Reeves was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who was a millwright for various employers from 1947 until 1955, according to the complaint. Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing the Reeves. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1005.

--Ella D. Ridout of Texas claims her recently deceased husband, Thomas G. Ridout, developed lung cancer after his work as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1971 until 1973, as an iron worker, welder and crane operator for various construction companies from 1974 until 1994, as a general foreman for Martin K. Eby from 1994 until 1995, as a general foreman for H.B. Zachry from 1995 until 2001, as a superintendent for Wanzek Construction from 2005 until 2006 and as a general foreman and general superintendent for Fluor. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1006.

--Anne M. Schmuhl ofOhio claims her recently deceased father, Julius M. Storti, developed mesothelioma after his work with Transformer Engineering Corp. from 1943 until 2006. Schmuhl will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1014.

--Danielle Taurmina ofNew York claims her recently deceased stepfather, Mario Bosio, developed mesothelioma after his work as a civil engineer and a home remodeler at various locations from 1978 until 1979. Taurmina will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1013.

--Maurice Wintermann ofIllinois, a boilermaker, janitor and laborer at various locations from 1950 until 1990,claims mesothelioma. Wintermann will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Neilson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1009.

--John J. Worthen ofIllinois, a bricklayer for Worthen Brick Construction Company from 1971 until 1976, a bricklayer for Coppers in 1974, a bricklayer for Ser-Steel from 1976 until 1977 and a bricklayer for National Steel and US Steel from 1977 until now,claims lung cancer. Worthen will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1015.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Two asbestos complaints filed Sept. 14-18
10/5/2009 8:16 AM By KellyHolleran 

A total of two new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Sept. 14 through Sept. 18.

The following complaints were filed:

--James Dobbins of Missouri, a painter and carpenter at various locations from 1938 until 1978,claimsmesothelioma. Dobbins will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, ChristopherThoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J.Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-995.

--Sandra K. and Robert Wiley Jr. ofIllinois claim Sandra K. Wiley developed lung cancer after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a steel worker at American Steel from 1963 until 2003. TheWileys are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller,Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-974.

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 Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Lawsuit

Six new asbestos cases filed Aug. 24-28
9/10/2009 8:44 AM By KellyHolleran 

A total of six new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Aug. 24 through Aug. 28.

The following complaints were filed:

--Lana Bristow ofIndiana claims her recently deceased father, WilliamFraticelli, developedmesothelioma after his work as a laborer and security guard at various locations throughoutIllinois andIndiana from 1954 until 1990. Bristow will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and Sean M. Keane of Simmons, Browder,Gianaris,Angelides andBarnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-893.

--Dale Nelson ofIowa, a parts salesman, jet engine mechanic and assembly man at various locations throughoutIllinois andIowa from 1955 until 2003, claimsmesothelioma. Nelson will be represented by Randy S. Cohn of Simmons, Browder,Gianaris,Angelides andBarnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-882.

--Juanita M. Perkins ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband,Blannie Perkins,developedmesothelioma after his work as a grinder and welder for Thermos-King Steely from 1966 until 1997 and as a maintenance worker for Freeport School District No. 145 from 1998 until 2004. Juanita M. Perkins will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller,Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-896.

--Robert D. and Teresa L.Pinkley of Missouri claim Robert D.Pinkley developedmesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1960 until 1963, as a member of the Pipe Covering Local No. 1 as a pipefitter and pipe coverer, as a machinist from 1963 until 1969, as an owner and laborer for B&B Home Repair from 1970 until 1974, as an assembly line worker from 1975 until 1979, as a crane operator and material gatherer from 1977 until 1978 and as a maintenance worker. ThePinkleys are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller,Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-880.

--Mariann Thompson ofMissouri alleges her recently deceased uncle,WainoJaaskela, developedmesothelioma after his work as a Tech 4 in the U.S. Army from 1944 until 1945, as a machinist at General Motors from 1946 until 1958 and as a farmer from 1958 until 1970. Thompson will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller,Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-883.

--RafaelValadez ofTexas, a welder, inspector, instructor and laborer at various locations throughout theUnited States from 1969 until now, claimsmesothelioma.Valadez is represented by Randy S. Cohn of Simmons, Browder,Gianaris,Angelides andBarnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-881.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Cases Filed

15 more asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyAug. 31-Sept. 4
9/16/2009 1:13 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 15 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Aug. 31 through Sept. 4.

The following complaints were filed:

--Eddie R. Bryan of Georgia, a member of the U.S. Navy from 1967 until 1969, a car porter from 1969 until 1971, a laborer on Atlanta Dairies in 1971, a laborer at Lanthern Machinery from 1972 until 1973, a salesman at WW Grainger from 1973 until 1978, a driver at Marta Bus from 1978 until 1989 and a laborer at Pilgrim Mat Service from 1989 until present, claims mesothelioma.Bryan claims he was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his ex-wife who worked as a secretary at Georgia Pacific from 1986 until 1989, through his father who worked in a hardware store and through his stepfather who was a salesman at Bynum Paint Company, according to the complaint.Bryan is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-898.

--Mary E. Burnette ofIllinois claims her recently deceased brother, James A. Hobbs,developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and electrician from 1968 until the mid 1970s, as a mechanic in 1972 and as a construction laborer from 1970 until 1973. Burnette will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-915.

--Rudolph W. and Opal E. Card of Nevada claim Rudolph Card developed mesothelioma after his work as a warehouseman refurbishing Jeeps from 1949 until 1950, as a truck and railroad maintenance worker from 1950 until 1952, as a truck driver from 1952 until 1953, as a garbage man from 1953 until 1954, as a maintenance and clean-up worker in 1955, as a boiler plant operator from 1955 until 1970, as a painter and sandblaster from 1970 until 1973, as a roustabout and general helper from 1972 until 1988, as a shadetree mechanic from the 1950s until the 1980s and as a backhoe operator in 1988. The Cards are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-929.

--Richard L. and Sylvia Collins ofIllinois claim Richard L. Collinsdeveloped mesothelioma after his work as an accountant at the John Deere plant from 1965 until 1992. The Collinsare represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-930.

--Justin A. Derrico ofOhio, a cook, salesman, maintenance worker, art teacher and ceramic artist at various locations from 1957 until now, claims mesothelioma. Derrico will be represented by Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-911.

--Lee Marion and Elizabeth Cline of Arkansas claim Lee Marion Cline developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, machinist and lathe operator at Wagstaff Engineering from 1963 until 1976, as a laborer and machinist at Cut Master from 1970 until 1972, as a machinist for Cominco American from 1978 until 1979, as a mechanic and supervisor at Abba Dabba from 1972 until 1974 and as a business representative for the International Association of Machinist Local 86 from 1979 until 1983. The Clines are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, J.D. McMullen, William H. Barfield and Aaron Plumlee of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-899.

--Burnadette Fuwell ofMissouri alleges her recently deceased husband, Buford R. Fuwell, developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter, automobile mechanic and carpenter at various locations from 1947 until 1982. Burnadette Fuwell will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-906.

--Edward Garrugus of Indiana, a laborer, administrator, fabricator, carpenter and auto salesman at various locations throughoutIllinois,Indiana,Michigan andCalifornia from 1954 until 1989, alleges mesothelioma. Garrugus will be represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-927.

--Walter O. Gosnell Jr. and Barbara Morgan Gosnell of Tennessee allege Walter O. Gosnell Jr. developed mesothelioma after his work as a machinist mate and engine room operator for the U.S. Navy from 1965 through 1969, as a medical technician at Margaret Pardee Hospital from 1974 through 1975, as a medical technician and serology supervisor for the University of Tennessee from 1975 until 1976 and as a medical technician and microbiology supervisor at Morristown Hamblen Hospital from 1977 until 2000. The Gosnells are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, J.D. McMullen, William H. Barfield and Aaron Plumlee of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-900.

--Devereux Josephs ofColorado claims mesothelioma after his work as a management trainee, in financial analysis and controller of Industrial Insulations Division and Pipe Division from 1947 until 1983. Josephs will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-926.

--Debora Mitchell of Virginia claims her recently deceased father, William Mitchell, developed mesothelioma after his work as a boilerman and inspector at various locations throughoutIllinois and theUnited States from 1945 until 1995. Debora Mitchell will be represented by Randy S. Cohn of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-924.

--James Palella ofNew Hampshire alleges his recently deceased wife, Frances Palella, developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as an auto mechanic helper from 1948 until 1950 and as a mortgage broker from 1981 until 1988. James Palella also performed brake and clutch work on his own vehicle from 1960 until 1980 and did remodeling work during the 1950s and 1960s on the Palellas' home inBrooklyn,N.Y., according to the complaint. The Palellas are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-897.

--William R. Whitby Jr. and Shirley A. Whitby of Virginia allege William R. Whitby Jr. developed mesothelioma after his work as a millwright at Silvania Industrial Corporation from 1920 until 1950, as a millwright at Hercules Powder Factory from 1931 until 1950, as a furnace worker from 1955 until 1995, as an engine and boiler room worker from 1951 until 1955 and as a shade tree mechanic from the 1950s until 1990. TheWhitbyare represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-928.

--Michael D. Wiedmer ofNorth Dakota claims his recently deceased father, Norman Wiedmer, developed lung cancer after his work as an operator at various locations from 1961 until 1979. Michael Wiedmer will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-917.

--Guy and Annette Wilkerson ofTennessee allege Guy Wilkerson developed mesothelioma after his work as a seaman in the U.S. Navy from 1946 until 1947, as a laborer at various locations from 1947 until 1953, as a worker at Fuller Brush in 1953 until 1960 and as a minister beginning in 1960. The Wilkersons are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-923.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

MarionCounty asbestos claimant sues in St. Clair County
9/8/2009 3:10 PM By KellyHolleran

A Walnut Hill,Illinois, man recentlydiagnosed with lung cancer and his wife filed an asbestos suit against 41 defendant corporations alleging the man's disease was wrongfully caused.

Represented by RandyGori and Barry Julian ofGori, Julian & Associates,Harles and Betty Sisson claimHarless Sisson was diagnosed with cancer on March 9.

They filed suit Aug. 31 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Walnut Hill is located inMarionCounty.

According to theSissons, from 1951 to 1970Harles Sisson was a quartermaster, electronic technician and construction technician in the U.S. Navy and from 1979 to 1980 was an electrician at Blackburn Electric Company.

He was also employed as an electrician helper in 1979 at DuPont Chemical Company.

TheSissons claimsHarles Sisson's exposure to asbestos was completely foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants.

He claims his illness caused him to experience great physical pain and mental anguish, medical expenses and lost wages.

His wife, Betty Sisson, also is seeking damages, alleging she has been deprived ofHarles Sisson's companionship and society.

TheSissons are seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, economic damages in excess of $200,000, compensatory damages in excess of $100,000, punitive and exemplary damages in excess of $100,000, plus punitive damages in an amount sufficient enough to punish the defendants for their conduct and other relief the court deems just.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-463.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Asbestos Cases Filed

21 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyAug. 17-21
8/28/2009 10:00 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 21 newasbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Aug. 17 through Aug. 21.

The following complaints were filed:

--Denis Barnes, a gas station attendant, laborer, machine operator and home remodeler at various locations from 1956 until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Barnes is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-843.

--Jacqueline Bourassa ofMassachusetts claims her recently deceased husband, Leo Bourassa, developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter at various locations from 1957 until 1979. Bourassa is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-849.

--Robert Boyer ofMissouri, a laborer and gas station attendant at various locations from 1972 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Boyer is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-845.

--Richard Brockman ofSouth Carolina, a pipefitter and pipe welder from 1962 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Brockman is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-856.

--Clarabelle M. Clark of Ohio claims her recently deceased husband, Donald B. Clark, developed lung cancer after his work as a boiler operator in the U.S. Navy from 1946 until 1950, as a boiler operator for Dibles Plumbing and Heating from 1950 until 1951, for Porcelain Products Co. from 1952 until 1953, for Moral Foundry from 1953 until 1954 and for National Machinery beginning in 1954. Donald B. Clark was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through his father's work at Murphy Brothers Foundry, according to the complaint. Clarabelle M. Clark is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-874.

--Lona J. Cribley of Michigan claims her recently deceased husband, Billy G. Cribley, developed lung cancer after his work as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 until 1956, as a farmer from 1956 until 1960, as a worker for Gulf Stream Coach from 1960 until 1967, as an oil well insulator from 1967 until 1969, as an insulator and painter from 1970 until 1977, as a laborer for General Motors from 1977 until 1990 and as an insulator from 1997 until 2004. Lona Cribley is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-859.

--Larry Culvahouse of Indiana, a laborer at various locations from 1965 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Culvahouse is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-855.

--Grady O. and Marline Estes of Alabama claim Grady Estes developed mesothelioma after his work at Firestone Tire and Rubber from 1944 until 1945, as a grinder for Midland Steel from 1956 until 1957, as a painter at Victor Chemical Works in 1960, as a steel worker for Munster Steel from 1960 until 1978 and as a pipefitter for Viking Engineering from 1978 until 1982. The Estes are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-858.

--Hilbert and Sally Flokstra of Florida claim Hilbert Flokstra developed mesothelioma after his work as a carpenter for Gray and Banks Construction from 1954 until 1968, as a carpenter for Fred O'Grady Construction from 1968 until 1970, as a carpenter for H&R Flokstra Construction from 1970 until 1971 and from 1976 until 1984, as a teacher of woodworking classes from 1976 until 1980 and as a supervisor and carpenter for Tom Woods Construction from 1984 until 1986. The Flokstras are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland of Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-857.

--Salvador Gonzalez of California claims his recently deceased father, Salvador Gonzalez Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer from 1975 until 1979. Salvador Gonzalez is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Anglides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-852.

--Mack J. Hambicki ofArizona, a mechanic, laborer and manager at Hambicki Brothers from 1963 until 1978, a mechanic at Auto Pallets from 1961 until 1963, a laborer and mechanic at Valley Waste, a truck driver and mechanic at American Gooseneck, a mechanic, laborer and manager at HBI and a manager and laborer at HBI Brothers, alleges mesothelioma. Hambicki is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-877.

--Jens Kieler ofWashington claims his recently deceased father, Hermann E. Kuljurgis, developed mesothelioma after his work as a repairman and electrician from 1956 until 1979. Kieler is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-850.

--Ronald and Margaret Killebrew of Pennsylvania allege Ronald Killebrew developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic at several auto body shops from 1961 until 1968, as a laborer and assembler at Sears Manufacturing from 1968 until 1973 and as a laborer for Kaufman's from 1973 until 2000. The Killebrews are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, J.D. McMullen, William H. Barfield and Aaron Plumlee of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-876.

--Jerry Kirksey ofAlabama, a laborer at various locations from 1963 until 1967, claims lung cancer. Kirksey is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd of East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-844.

--Randel Ladd ofTennessee claims his recently deceased brother, Paul E. Ladd, developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1954. After his discharge, Ladd worked at the Roane Hoseiry Mill, according to the complaint. Randel Ladd will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-875.

--Carlos Madrid ofCalifornia claims his recently deceased brother, HectorMadrid, developed mesothelioma after his work as a longshoreman at various locations from 1969 until 1979. Carlos Madrid is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-851.

--Theresa Martin ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Rodger Martin,developed mesothelioma after his work as a supervisor at various locations from 1956 until 1991. Theresa Martin is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-866.

--Deanna Pritchett ofMissouri claims her recently deceased father, Keith Everman, developed mesothelioma after his work as a fireman, switch adjuster and plumber at various locations throughoutIllinois andNebraska from 1944 until the late 1990s. Pritchett will be represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-865.

--Beverly A. ShowalterofIllinois claims her recently deceased father, Frederick A. Balster,developed lung cancer after his work at Amoco Oil for more than 50 years. Showalter is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-863.

--Kimberly Sylvester ofIllinois claims her recently deceased father, Peter Kostiuk Jr.,developed lung cancer after his work as alaborer from 1960 until 1979 at various locations. Sylvester is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-854.

--Geraldine Tepper ofFlorida claims her recently deceased brother, Marvin Tepper, developed mesothelioma after his work as a printing press operator at various locations from 1962 until 1979. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Anglides and Barnerd inEast Alton will be representing Geraldine Tepper. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-848.

--Robin Unger ofMinnesota claims her recently deceased father, Willie Unger, developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer, welder and home remodeler at various locations from 1960 until 1979. Unger is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-853.

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Illinois – Asbestos Exposure – $2 Million Mesothelioma Verdict

Illinois Jury Awards US$2 Million Verdict in Second Hand Asbestos Lawsuit

Source: EMSL Analytical, Inc.

Aug. 24, 2009

 

Woman dies frommesothelioma after repeatedly laundering her husbands asbestos contaminated work clothes.

The dangerous from direct asbestos exposure are well documented in medical journals. A lesser known danger of asbestos exposure is from secondary exposure to the materials. This summer a jury inIllinois ruled on the side of a woman’s family whodied from secondary asbestos exposure that occurred in the 1950s.

Leslie Corry recently died frommesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer. Nearly 60 years ago her first husband worked at an asbestos and rubber company and the suit claimed his contaminated working clothes exposed her to asbestos fibers that later caused her fatal cancer.

The popularity of asbestos by industry comes from its resistant to heat, electricity and many chemicals. Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral. It has long, thin fibrous crystals that have been used in many manufacturing processes and products until more recent times.

When aerosolized and inhaled the mineral fibers become embedded in lung tissue and can causemesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. In most cases as a person’s exposure to asbestos fibers increases, so to do their chances of developing asbestos related cancers and diseases later in life.

EMSL Analytical, one of the nation’s largest asbestos testing laboratories, has almost three decades of asbestos testing experience. “Because asbestos related cancers and diseases can take so long to manifest themselves in exposed individuals it is crucial to prevent exposure in the first place,” reported JoeFrasca, Executive Vice President for EMSL Analytical. “It’s important that the general public and workers understand the long term risks posed by asbestos exposure, both in the workplace and in the home. To help educate the public about the dangers we have provided two free educational asbestos poster available at our website,”Frasca continued.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

18 new asbestos cases filed July 27-31
8/20/2009 8:39 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 18 new asbestos lawsuits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of July 27 through July 31.

The following claims were filed:

--Norbert and Marjorie Bossen ofIowa allege Norbert Bossen developed mesothelioma after his work in theUnited States Navy from 1944 until 1946; as aboilermaker in the late 1940s and early 1950s; withGilbert and Bossen Farm Implements from the early 1950s until 1967; as a pipe fitter from 1967 until 1982; and performinghome remodeling work to his homes in the mid 1970s. The Bossens are represented by Robert Rowland and Elizabeth V. Heller of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Sean P. Worsey of Levin, Simes, Kaiser and Gornick inSan Francisco will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-795.

--Walter Derby ofColorado, anaviation mechanic, consulting engineer, police officer, security guard, laborer, tree trimmer and contractor/construction worker at various locations throughoutIllinois,California,Colorado andOklahoma from 1967 until 2007claims mesothelioma.Derby is represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-789.

--Catherine Fridmanski claims her recently deceased cousin, Andrew Mulato, developed mesothelioma after his work as abricklayer andsteelworker at various locations from 1940 until 1980. Fridmanski is represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-792.

--Josie Gonzales ofTexas claims her recently deceased husband, Eulalio Gonzales, developed mesothelioma after his work as alaborer and foreman at various locations throughoutIllinois,Missouri,Colorado,Kansas,New Mexico andTexas from 1958 until 1985. Josie Gonzales is represented by Amy E. Garrett and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-798.

--Joseph and Sandra Goudreau ofMichigan claim Joseph Goudreau developed mesothelioma after his work as alaborer, painter, operator and engineer at various locations inIllinois,Michigan,Alabama andWisconsin from 1950 until 2000. The Goudreaus are represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-801.

--Julie Hied ofMontana claims her recently deceased husband, Lyle Woolston, developed mesothelioma after his work as arancher and mechanic at various locations from 1968 until 1978. Hied is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-775.

--Betty Hughes ofVirginia claims her recently deceased husband, Cecil Hughes, developed mesothelioma after his work as alaborer and carpenter from 1970 until 1979. Hughes is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelisdes and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-776.

--Robert and Barbara Krupp ofIllinois allege Robert Krupp developed lung cancer after his work in theU.S. Coast Guard from 1952 until 1955; as alaborer at Mallinckrodt Chemical Company from 1955 until 1957; as alaborer at TheNew York,New Haven andHartford Railroad Company from 1957 until 1961; as alaborer at Stickland Trucklines from 1962 until 1965; and as alaborer at Manufacturers Railway Company from 1965 until 1991. The Krupps are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-777.

--John Lappin ofMissouri, amachinist and steelworker from 1947 until 1992,claims mesothelioma. Lappin is represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-772.

--Ronald H. and Karen L. Larson claim Ronald H. Larsondeveloped mesothelioma after his work as afield lineman with theUnited States Army from 1960 until 1963 and as asteel plate inspector at Bethlehem Steel from 1963 until 1987. The Larsons are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, J.D. McMullen and William H. Barfield of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-781.

--Christopher Morelli ofNew Jersey claims his recently deceased wife, Michelle Morelli, developed mesothelioma after her work as alaborer at Lockheed Martin in 1982. She was alsoexposed to asbestos fibers while doing abatement work during the late 1990s and wassecondarily exposed through her husband, who owned apainting, drywall and texture company from 1982 until now, according to the complaint. Christopher Morelli is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-782.

--Jimmy E. and Rosalee Murphy ofArkansas claim Jimmy Murphy developed mesothelioma after his work as amanufacturer from 1967 until 1971 atTucker Duck and Rubber Company,Fort Smith Table and Chairs and Bowmen and Company; as alaborer for Capco from 1971 until 1976; as awelder for Structural Steel in 1976; as aforklift operator for Farmland Feed Mill from 1976 until 1980; as awelder for Branham Industries from 1980 until 1981; as awelder for Interstate Electric from 1983 until 1986; and as anassembly line worker forTrane from 1986 until 2000. The Murphys are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-793.

--Shirley Jo Peeler ofOhio, acashier for Liberal Markets from 1953 until 1956 and an employee at Revco and apress operator atStanhope Products from 1956 until 1958, claims mesothelioma. Peeler is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-794.

--Larry C. and Bettye M. Sims claim Larry C. Simsdeveloped mesothelioma after his work as anengineer and machinist mate while in theU.S. Navy from 1962 until 1987; as amaintenance man at Dorchester School District in South Carolina from 1987 until 1998; as ahome remodeler at his house from 1960 until 1970; and as ashadetree mechanic from 1959 until 1979. The Sims are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-779.

--Toni Solano ofTexas claims her recently deceased husband, John M. Solano, developed mesothelioma after his work as alaborer and division engineer forBurlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Road from 1975 until 2005. Toni Solano is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-796.

--Robert A. and Darlene M. Switzer claim Robert A. Switzer developed mesothelioma after his work as aservice representative, products liability specialist, maintenance, expert claims witness forCaterpillar Tractor Company from 1953 until 1988; while being enrolled in officer's candidate school where he learned and performed duties onNavy ship from 1944 until 1946; while working for aroad equipment contractor and onwelded metal tracks from 1949 until 1953; as afarmer at Norvel Switzer Farm from 1926 until 1944; as ashadetree mechanic from the 1950s until 1980; and inresidential construction from the 1950s until 1980. The Switzers are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beane ofHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-780.

--Leo J. and Ruth A. Vietmeier claim Leo J. Vietmeier developed mesothelioma after his work as alaborer, assembly line worker and maintenance man at American Vitrified in the 1950s; as alaborer while in the AFL-CIO Union in the 1960s; as amine worker at Pegg's Run Coal Mill inPennsylvania in the 1970s; as ameat cutter at Giant Eagle from 1980 until 1996; as a homeremodeler at his home from 1967 until 1990; and as ashadetree mechanic on his automobiles from 1950 until 1980. The Vietmeiers are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget Baragona and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-778.

--Mary Ellen White ofNew Hampshire claims her recently deceased husband, John Grohosky, developed mesothelioma after his work in theU.S. Navy from 1944 until 1964 and as aforklift driver from the early 1970s until 1988. White is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-784.

--Fred Young ofWisconsin, who served in theBritish Navy from August 1940 until August 1954 and who worked as amechanical researcher from 1954 until 1956; as amechanical researcher at AV Roc from 1956 until 1958; as adesign engineer forPratt and Whitney from 1958 until 1960; as adesign engineer at the GE Nuclear Power Demonstration Plant from 1960 until 1963; as a seniorreactor operator atOntario Hydro from 1963 until 1965; as amaintenance supervisor atThunder Bay Generating Plant from 1965 until 1967; as amaintenance supervisor atWisconsin Electric Point Beach Plant from 1968 until 1972; as alaborer at Bechtel from 1972 until 1984; and as aconsultant at Wisconsin Electric Point Beach Plant from 1984 until 1989, claims mesothelioma. Young is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-797.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Claims Filed

17 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyJuly 20-24
7/29/2009 9:42 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 17 newasbestos lawsuits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of July 20 through July 24.

The following claims were filed:

--Patrick Arthur ofFlorida claims his recently deceased father, Armand Arthur, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and cabinet maker from 1955 until 1995. Patrick Arthur is represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-771.

--Jerome Brockmeyer, a chemical operator at National Lead from 1955 until 1980 and at Combustion Engineering from 1981 until 1997, claims mesothelioma. Brockmeyer is represented by James F. Kelly and Jeffrey A.J. Millar of Brent Coon and Associates inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-764.

--Veronica Campbell ofTexas claims a recently deceased man, James R. Campbell, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, high school teacher, high school vocational work study program coordinator, high school principal and associate principal and academy superintendent at various locations from 1953 until 1979. Veronica Campbell is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-742.

--Steven H. Coody, an owner and mechanic at Steve Coody Trucking from 1972 until 1981; a farmer and mechanic at Coody Farm from 1963 until 2009; and a construction worker and shadetree mechanic from 1966 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Coody is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, J.D. McMullen and William H. Barfield of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-758.

--Mark Custance ofCalifornia claims a recently decease man, Howard Custance, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer. Mark Custance is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-756.

--Edwardo J. Dorato and Barbara Dorato of Nevada allege Edwardo J. Dorato developed mesothelioma after his work as an infantryman and maintenance man in the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1956; as a produce packer at Arrow Packing Co. from 1957 until 1967; as a surveyor's assistant at Jefferson Construction from 1967 until 1968; as a position cook at Ice Cream Parlor from 1968 until 1969; as a grill man at George's Restaurant from 1969 until 1980; as a prep cook from 1980 until 1982; and as a grill man from 1982 until 1993 at Dottie's Kitchen. The Doratos are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-750.

--Patricia Fillmore ofMissouri alleges the recently deceased David Fillmore developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer. Patricia Fillmore is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-755.

--Stanley E. Fisher of Indiana, a bricklayer, switchman, laborer and forklift operator from 1951 until 1979, claims colon cancer. Fisher is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-745.

--Robert Flippin, a heavy construction worker from 1963 until 1966; a large pipe insulation material installer and retriever from 1966 until 1969; a heavy construction worker from 1969 until 1971; and a production and fabrication line worker from 1972 until 1976, claims mesothelioma. Flippin is represented by James F. Kelly and Jeffrey A.J. Millar of Brent Coon and Associates inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-763.

--Gordon Hatcher Jr. ofAlabama claims his recently deceased father, Gordon Hatcher Sr. developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician and laborer. Gordon Hatcher Jr. is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-754.

--Florence Hudson of Missouri, a furnace repairman and truck driver at various locations inIllinois andMissouri from 1958 until 1998, claims lung cancer.Hudson is represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. Fitzgerald of O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-765.

--Wanda Kidd ofOklahoma claims her recently deceased husband, Kenneth M. Kidd, developed mesothelioma after his work as a steamfitter, welder, pipefitter, plumber, engineer and shopfitter at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri during the 1940s. Kidd is represented by Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-748.

--Sophia and James Kirn ofIllinois allege Sophia Kirndeveloped Mesothelioma after her work as a laborer at American Can Company in 1948 and as an operator atIllinoisBell Telephone from 1956 until 1991. Sophia Kirn was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked from 1943 until 1954 as a laborer at American Can Company, from 1954 until 1971 as a laborer at Edwards Pole and Wire, as a laborer at Man Power in 1972, as a laborer at Waukegan Township Highway Department in 1973 and as a laborer at North Short Sanitary District from 1975 until 1992, according to the complaint. The Kirns are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-741.

----Lois M. Lane of Missouri claims she developed mesothelioma after her secondary exposure to asbestos fibers through her ex-husband, who worked as a cook in the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1955; as a laborer at Continental Can from 1955 until 1961; as a carpenter at Fruin-Colnon in 1961; as a laborer at Mitchell's Auto Salvage from 1961 until 1962; and as a laborer at Sander's Auto Salvage from 1962 until 1982. Lane is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-757.

--Patrick and Anna McGrath ofIllinois claim Patrick McGrathdeveloped mesothelioma after his work as a painter, laborer and computer consultant from 1969 until now. The McGraths are represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-753.

--Paul Myers of North Carolina, a laborer, welder and assembly and construction worker from 1959 until 1998 at various locations throughout Illinois, Ohio and Delaware, claims mesothelioma. Myers is represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-752.

--Richard L. Neathammer ofAlabama claims his recently deceased father, Richard U. Neathammer, developed mesothelioma after his work as a fireman, sales associate, manager and courier at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from 1947 until 1992. Neathammer is represented by Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-749.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit

11 asbestos claims filed July 13-17 inMadisonCounty
7/22/2009 1:54 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 11 new asbestos lawsuits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of July 13 through July 17.

The following claims were filed:

--Barbara R. Brobst ofPennsylvania claims her recently deceased husband, Ernest F. Brobst, developed mesothelioma after he served in the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and after his work as a home remodeler from 1947 until 1994. Barbara R. Brobst is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-728.

--Jesse W. and Mollie Clements claim Jesse Clements developed mesothelioma after his work as a furnace installer at Red Boyer in 1945, as a carpenter's helper and carpenter from 1947 until 1956, as a missionary and social worker at various private churches from 1957 until 1976, as a missionary and social worker performing home construction and repair work from 1977 until 1981, as a maintenance and carpentry man from 1983 until 1985, as a carpenter for a non-profit center from 1985 until 2003 and as a home remodeler and repairman for his home from 1958 until 1962 and from 1977 until 1978. Jesse W. Carpenter was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through his father, who worked as a pumpman at Shell Oil Refinery from 1934 until 1948. The Clements are represented by Randi L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-740.

--Fred L. Hall Sr. and Betty D. Hall of South Carolina claim Fred L. Hall Sr. developed mesothelioma after serving in the U.S. Navy from 1946 until 1949 and after working at the Charleston Naval Shipyard from 1952 until 1964 and at the Naval Weapons Station from 1964 until 1970. Hall is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-730.

--Daniel Haun ofTennessee, a mechanic, laborer and exterminator at various locations from 1973 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Haun is represented by Brian J. Cooke of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-727.

--Curtis and Alice Hines ofIndiana claim Curtis Hines developed mesothelioma after his work as a janitor from 1960 until 1962 and from 1979 until 1983 and as a boatswain's mate at various locations. The Hinesare represented by Donald M. Flack of Flack Law Office inWoodRiver. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-738.

--Mary J. Hultgren ofFlorida claims her recently deceased husband, Roy C. Hultgren, developed mesothelioma after his work as a machine operator, carpenter's apprentice, carpenter and contractor at various locations throughoutIllinois andFlorida. Mary J. Hultgren is represented by T. Barton French Jr. and Jackalyn A. Olinger of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-729.

--Wilbert and Joyce Jones of Missouri claim Wilbert Jones developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer in Jeanerette, La., from 1960 until 1964, as a laborer for Blue Line Chemical Company and Switzer Candy Company from 1964 until 1966 and as a laborer at Independent Packing House from 1966 until 1970 and at Anheuser-Busch Brewery from 1970 until 2001. The Jonesare represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-731.

--Thomas and Virginia Kersting ofMissouri allege Thomas Kersting developed mesothelioma after his work as a sheet metal worker at various locations in 1953 and from 1959 until 1996. The Kerstings are represented by John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-735.

--Orville and Sylvia Mueth ofIllinois allege Orville Muethdeveloped esophageal cancer after his work as a manager, electrician and plumber at various locations from 1942 until 1996. The Mueths are represented by Christopher R. Guinn and Christopher J. Levy of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-733.

--Charles W. Welden Jr. ofAlabama, a sheetrock and drywall installer from the early 1970s until now, a carpenter from 1972 until 1977, a brake worker during the 1970s and 1980s and an airport mechanic from 1979 until 1987, claims mesothelioma. Welden is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-739.

--Joshua J. Wise ofIllinois claims a recently deceased man, Eddy Lee Grady,developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer at International Vermiculite Co. from 1965 until 1969, as a butcher at Girard Meat Locker from 1966 until 1968, as a carpenter at Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad from 1969 until 1970, as a carpenter at National Homes from 1972 until 1974, as a laborer at Hulcher Train Wrecking from 1973 until 1974 and as a laborer for Springfield Plastics from 1975 until 1976. Wise is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-732.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits

Seven asbestos claims filed inMadisonCounty between July 6-10
7/22/2009 1:47 PM By KellyHolleran

A total of seven new asbestos lawsuits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of July 6 through July 10.

The following claims were filed:

--Luther Gibson ofWisconsin, a field worker, laborer and machinist at various locations from 1945 until 1991, claimsmesothelioma. Gibson is represented by Nicholas J.Angelides ofSimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-716.

--BeverlyGrinko ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, DonaldGrinko,developedmesothelioma after his work as a sheet metal worker at various locations from 1962 until 2002. BeverlyGrinko is represented by Randy S. Cohn ofSimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-720.

--David Hicks of California, a quartermaster, machinist and repair man from the 1950s until 1987, claimsmesothelioma.Hicks is represented by Randy S. Cohn ofSimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-721.

--James L. McClain Jr. and Dianne McClain ofMississippi claim James L. McClain Jr. developedmesothelioma after his work as a machinist from 1968 until 1970, as a plumber's helper from 1976 until 1977 and as a laborer, cementer and supervisor from 1977 until 2007. TheMcClains are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller,Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-705.

--SherylMcClary ofIllinois claims recently deceased William Burkedeveloped lung cancerafter his work as a mold maker at Owens-Illinois Glass inAlton from 1956 until 1993.McClary is represented by Randy L.Gori and Barry Julian ofGori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-703.

--Paul and GenevievePadalino claims PaulPadalino developedmesothelioma after his work as a heating and furnace repair worker and sheet metal worker from 1949 until 1977, as a sheet metal worker at Ford Transmission Plant from 1977 until 1980, as a power plant operator and pipefitter in 1980, as an operator at Ford Sheldon Road Parts from 1983 until 1994 and performing home remodeling and construction from 1956 until 1989. ThePadalinos are represented by Randy L.Gori ofGori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B.Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-704.

--JosephZembala ofIndiana claims his recently deceased wife, BernadetteZembala, developedmesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos through her husband, who worked as a millwright from 1946 until 1982. JosephZembala is represented by Randy L.Gori and Barry Julian ofGori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-715.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

18 new asbestos cases filed June 29-July 3
7/14/2009 12:26 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 18 new asbestos lawsuits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of June 29 through July 3.

The following claims were filed:

--Kathleen K. and Mark Anderson ofVirginia allege Kathleen K. Anderson developed mesothelioma after her work on a family farm, where she operated farm equipment and helped with daily chores. Kathleen K. Anderson also worked as an office assistant in the counselor's office from 1966 until 1970 and at the newspaper during her high school years, according to the complaint. In addition, she worked as an administrative assistant atWest Des MoinesSchool District for 14 years and worked as a secretary at IA Conservation Commission and in the plant nursery at Southern States Co-op until 2008, the suit states. TheAndersons are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-699.

--Erick Applebet ofTennessee alleges his recently deceased father, Percy Applebet, developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer at various locations from 1955 until 1979. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-691.

--Edward Bundy ofCalifornia, a farm hand, musician, sandblaster, assistant manager, pug bill, truck driver, stockman, manager, laborer, security guard and assistant site manager from 1956 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. T. Barton French Jr. and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-681.

--Roger L. and Kathy W. Carter ofTennessee claim Roger L. Carter developed lung cancer after his work as a millwright for Magnus Products from 1956 until 1966 and for Ford Motor Company from 1966 until 1970. Roger L. Carter also worked in the maintenance filed from 1970 until now. The Carters are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-679.

--Roberta Compton ofNew Jersey claims her recently deceased husband, Robert Compton, developed mesothelioma after his work as a shipfitter, pipefitter and salesman at various locations from 1942 until 1979. Roberta Compton is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-694.

--Ralph Fry ofOhio, a laborer and welder at various locations from 1943 until 1982, claims mesothelioma. Fry is represented by Brian J. Cooke and Karoline Carstens of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-686.

--Robert E. and Linnea Harris of Illinois claims Robert E. Harris developed mesothelioma after his work as a machinist mate in the U.S. Navy from 1960 until 1967; as an auxiliary operator from 1967 until 1973, as a health physicist from 1973 until 1976; as a supervisor from 1976 until 1983, serving various capacities at Numanco from 1983 until 1987 and at various companies from 1987 until present. The Harrises are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-680.

--Walter Gooden ofIllinois, a sander, punch operator, fork lift driver and welder at various locations from 1953 until 1993, claims lung cancer and asbestosis. Gooden is represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-698.

--John Jacobs ofArkansas, a plater, laborer and construction worker at various locations from 1967 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Jacobs is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-693.

--Lillian S. Johnson of Florida claims her recently deceased husband, Charles E. Johnson, developed lung cancer after his work as an audit clerk in the U.S. Army from 1946 until 1951; in the examining division of the bureau of engraving and printing in 1949; in the Geography Division of the Bureau of Census in 1949; in the Insurance Modification Division of the Federal Housing Administration from 1949 until 1956; as a computer operator in the D.C. Army National Guard from 1956 until 1959; as a technician at the Bureau of the Census from 1959 until 1962 and as supervisor of the Electornics Lab and Computer Lab in the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office from 1962 until 1978. Charles E. Johnson was also secondarily exposed to asbestos during the remodeling of his parents' home from 1947 until 1977 and through his uncle who worked from 1938 until 1963 as a factory worker, according to a complaint. Johnson is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-682.

--Marlene Jones ofPennsylvania, a psychiatric aide from 1969 until 1974, claims mesothelioma. Jones is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-697.

--Howard Lawrence ofNorth Carolina, an electricians mate and salesman at various locations from1949 until 1999, alleges mesothelioma.Lawrence is represented by Randy S. Cohn of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-701.

--Monroe Newsome of Illinois, a coal miner and laborer at various locations from 1966 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Newsome is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-696.

--Larry A. Post of Nebraska, who worked for the National Guard Reserves from 1963 until 1969, as a steamfitter at Natkin Service of Omaha from 1962 until 1963, as a steamfitter at Siebler Heating from 1978 until 1981, as a steamfitter at City Wide Heating from 1975 until 1978 and as a steamfitter at All Seasons Heating from 1996 until 1997, claims mesothelioma. Post is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-700.

--John C. Riley Jr. ofCalifornia, a custodian at various locations from 1973 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Riley is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-692.

--Rosie Rogers ofAlabama claims her recently deceased father, Eddie Winston, developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter at Ingalls Shipyard from 1953 until 1996.Rogers is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-687.

--Kenneth and Judith Stockton of Texas allege Kenneth Stockton developed mesothelioma after his work as an aircraft mechanic from 1967 until 1973; as a truck and warehouse helper at Carnation Milk in 1962; as a carpenter at Stauffer Chemical Company and Shell Oil Company in 1963; as a laborer at various construction sties from 1964 until 1966; as an assistant manager from 1967 until 1971; as a real estate investor from 1971 until 1972; as a laborer during the renovation of St. James Condominium from 1972 until 1974; as a mortgage banker at Ben G. McGuire and Co. from 1972 until 1985; as mortgage banker at Stockton, Luedemann and French from 1985 until 1999 and as a mortgage banker at Northmarq Capital from 1999 until 2009. TheStocktons are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-683.

--Maurilio Ulteras ofCalifornia, a laborer at various locations from 1966 until 1975, claims mesothelioma. Ulteras is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-695.

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Wisconsin – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Asbestos Cases Filed

19 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyJune 1-5
6/22/2009 2:44 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 19 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of June 1 through June 5.

The following complaints were filed:

--Nicholas S. Argenti Sr. and June Loretta Argenti ofNew York claim Nicholas S. Argenti Sr. developed asbestosis after his work in the U.S. Navy from 1955 until 1959. Argenti also worked from 1959 until 1960 as a laborer for N.Y.S. Electric and Gas; from 1960 until 1969 as a shift foreman for Sierra Pacific Power Co.; from 1969 until 1972 as a maintenance mechanic; from 1972 until 1979 and from 1983 until 1986 in the HVAC and refrigeration business; from 1979 until 1983 as an electrician; and as a pipefitter from 1986 until 2001. Elizabeth V Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing the Argentis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-564.

--Dennis Bernard ofMaryland, a bricklayer and pipefitter at various locations from 1973 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Bernard is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-573.

--Anthony Branconi ofPennsylvania, an electrician from 1965 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Branconi is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-570.

--Kenneth Heasley Sr. ofSouth Dakota, a boiler and furnace repairman and installer, furnace insulator, construction foreman, mechanic and maintenance worker at various locations from 1959 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Heasley is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-571.

--James A. Hendren of Virginia, a sanitation worker for the town ofSouth Boston,Va., from 1972 until 2008,claims mesothelioma. Hendren is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-557.

--Isiah Hill Jr. of New Jersey, an electrician at various locations from 1953 until 1978, claims lung cancer. Hill is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalinid M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-572.

--Dennis Hubner ofIllinois, a machinist, shift coordinator and fork lift operator from 1999 until now, claims mesothelioma. Hubner also helped on the family farm until 1988, according to the complaint. Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-561.

--Mark S. Junghans ofWisconsin, a drywaller, laborer, engine mechanic, mechanic, medic, residential construction and remodeling worker and shade-tree mechanic from 1972 until 2009,claims mesothelioma. Junghans is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines and W. Casey Harris of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-559.

--Earl Leeder ofCalifornia, a custodian, engineer and plant director at various locations from 1969 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Leeder is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Roberstson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-568.

--Steven Meyer of Okawville claims his recently deceased wife, Olivia Meyer, developed pleural mesothelioma after her work as a bundle girl and custodian at various locations throughIllinois from 1952 until 1959 and from 1984 until 2001. She was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her son, who worked as a mechanic from 1982 until 1989, Steven Meyer claims. G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCoooper inEast Alton will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-550.

--Joyce Mullenix ofGeorgia claims her recently deceased husband, Walt T. Mullenix, developed lung cancer after his work as an insulator from 1948 until 1984. Joyce Mullenix says her husband also worked at many industrial and commercial job sites, including paper mills, hospitals, colleges, power plants, refineries, hotels, airports, schools, textile mills and chemical plants. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-560.

--James Nangle ofFlorida, a truck driver at various locations from 1958 until 2004, claims mesothelioma. Nangle is represented by Brian J. Cooke and Drew Sealey of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-574.

--Bonnie Nichols ofKansas claims her recently deceased husband, Neal Nichols, developed mesothelioma after his work from 1970 until 2004 as a carpenter, laborer and truck driver at various locations. Bonnie Nichols is represented by Brian J. Coooke of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-556.

--Brian Noe Jr. of Minnesota claims his recently deceased father, Brian Noe Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer at Admiral TV in 1960; as a laborer in the U.S. Navy and at Al Phister Plumbing and Heating from 1965 until 1966; as a laborer at Butcher Boy Doors from 1967 until 1968; as a foreman at Roy Hunt Construction from 1969 until 1984; as a foreman at Bosin Construction from 1986 until 1988 and as a laborer at Smith Steel Inc. from 1997 until 1998. Brian Noe Jr. is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-576.

--Charles Scott of Georgia, an aircraft worker, equipment cleaner, aircraft parts assembler, ship mechanic and insulator at various locations from 1973 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-569.

--David Sommerman ofGeorgia claims Edward Sommerman died after developing mesothelioma after working as a fire proofer. David Sommerman is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-558.

--James Spangler ofKentucky, a construction worker at various locations from 1963 until 1969, claims lung cancer. Spangler says he was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his family member, John Spangler, who worked from 1940 until 1962 as an electrician at various locations. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Brower and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-567.

--Leslie Vernon Sr. and Mary Ivy Lea Vernon of Texas allege Leslie Vernon Sr. developed mesothelioma after his work in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 until 1945 and as an electrician in numerous cities from 1946 until 1986. The Vernons are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-577.

--Louise Wilkerson ofNorth Carolina, a spinner and laborer at various locations from 1947 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Wilkerson is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-566.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Asbestos Cases Filed

19 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyJune 1-5
6/22/2009 2:44 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 19 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of June 1 through June 5.

The following complaints were filed:

--Nicholas S. Argenti Sr. and June Loretta Argenti ofNew York claim Nicholas S. Argenti Sr. developed asbestosis after his work in the U.S. Navy from 1955 until 1959. Argenti also worked from 1959 until 1960 as a laborer for N.Y.S. Electric and Gas; from 1960 until 1969 as a shift foreman for Sierra Pacific Power Co.; from 1969 until 1972 as a maintenance mechanic; from 1972 until 1979 and from 1983 until 1986 in the HVAC and refrigeration business; from 1979 until 1983 as an electrician; and as a pipefitter from 1986 until 2001. Elizabeth V Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing the Argentis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-564.

--Dennis Bernard ofMaryland, a bricklayer and pipefitter at various locations from 1973 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Bernard is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-573.

--Anthony Branconi ofPennsylvania, an electrician from 1965 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Branconi is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-570.

--Kenneth Heasley Sr. ofSouth Dakota, a boiler and furnace repairman and installer, furnace insulator, construction foreman, mechanic and maintenance worker at various locations from 1959 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Heasley is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-571.

--James A. Hendren of Virginia, a sanitation worker for the town ofSouth Boston,Va., from 1972 until 2008, claims mesothelioma. Hendren is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-557.

--Isiah Hill Jr. of New Jersey, an electrician at various locations from 1953 until 1978, claims lung cancer. Hill is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalinid M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-572.

--Dennis Hubner ofIllinois, a machinist, shift coordinator and fork lift operator from 1999 until now,claims mesothelioma. Hubner also helped on the family farm until 1988, according to the complaint. Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-561.

--Mark S. Junghans ofWisconsin, a drywaller, laborer, engine mechanic, mechanic, medic, residential construction and remodeling worker and shade-tree mechanic from 1972 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Junghans is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines and W. Casey Harris of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-559.

--Earl Leeder ofCalifornia, a custodian, engineer and plant director at various locations from 1969 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Leeder is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Roberstson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-568.

--Steven Meyer of Okawville claims his recently deceased wife, Olivia Meyer, developed pleural mesothelioma after her work as a bundle girl and custodian at various locations throughIllinois from 1952 until 1959 and from 1984 until 2001. She was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her son, who worked as a mechanic from 1982 until 1989, Steven Meyer claims. G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCoooper inEast Alton will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-550.

--Joyce Mullenix ofGeorgia claims her recently deceased husband, Walt T. Mullenix, developed lung cancer after his work as an insulator from 1948 until 1984. Joyce Mullenix says her husband also worked at many industrial and commercial job sites, including paper mills, hospitals, colleges, power plants, refineries, hotels, airports, schools, textile mills and chemical plants. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-560.

--James Nangle ofFlorida, a truck driver at various locations from 1958 until 2004, claims mesothelioma. Nangle is represented by Brian J. Cooke and Drew Sealey of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-574.

--Bonnie Nichols ofKansas claims her recently deceased husband, Neal Nichols, developed mesothelioma after his work from 1970 until 2004 as a carpenter, laborer and truck driver at various locations. Bonnie Nichols is represented by Brian J. Coooke of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-556.

--Brian Noe Jr. of Minnesota claims his recently deceased father, Brian Noe Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer at Admiral TV in 1960; as a laborer in the U.S. Navy and at Al Phister Plumbing and Heating from 1965 until 1966; as a laborer at Butcher Boy Doors from 1967 until 1968; as a foreman at Roy Hunt Construction from 1969 until 1984; as a foreman at Bosin Construction from 1986 until 1988 and as a laborer at Smith Steel Inc. from 1997 until 1998. Brian Noe Jr. is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-576.

--Charles Scott of Georgia, an aircraft worker, equipment cleaner, aircraft parts assembler, ship mechanic and insulator at various locations from 1973 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-569.

--David Sommerman ofGeorgia claims Edward Sommerman died after developing mesothelioma after working as a fire proofer. David Sommerman is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-558.

--James Spangler ofKentucky, a construction worker at various locations from 1963 until 1969, claims lung cancer. Spangler says he was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his family member, John Spangler, who worked from 1940 until 1962 as an electrician at various locations. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Brower and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-567.

--Leslie Vernon Sr. and Mary Ivy Lea Vernon of Texas allege Leslie Vernon Sr. developed mesothelioma after his work in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 until 1945 and as an electrician in numerous cities from 1946 until 1986. The Vernons are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-577.

--Louise Wilkerson ofNorth Carolina, a spinner and laborer at various locations from 1947 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Wilkerson is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-566.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

10 new asbestos cases filed between June 15-19
7/9/2009 10:38 AM By KellyHolleran 

A total of 10 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of June 15 through June 19.

The following complaints were filed:

--Harry F. Anderson, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 until 1964, claims he developedmesothelioma.Anderson says he also worked as a punch press operator and welder from 1964 until 1966.Anderson is represented by James F. Kelly and Jeffrey A.J. Millar of Brent Coon and Associates inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-645.

--SidDeinema ofIllinois, a mechanic, laborer, bricklayer and operator at various locations throughoutIllinois andIndiana from 1964 until 2009, claimsmesothelioma.Deinema is represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix ofSimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-648.

--Rick Dins of Wisconsin claims his recently deceased father, Rudy Dins, developedmesothelioma after his work as a gunner's mate for six months at the end of World War II and as a laborer and carpenter until his retirement in 1984. Rick Dins is represented by Randy L.Gori and Barry Julian ofGori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-647.

--James Heal and Helen Heal claim James Healdevelopedmesothelioma after his work as a shoe worker, service station attendant, printer, member of the United States Navy and electrician at various locations inIllinois,California,Rhode Island andArizona. The Heals are represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-635.

--Jimmy Martin Sr. and Theresa Lynn Martin claims Jimmy Martin Sr. developedmesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter, boilermaker and welder from 1975 until 1985. Jimmy Martin Sr. says he also performed home remodeling jobs and automotive brake jobs in the 1970s. The Martins are represented by Randy L.Gori ofGori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, W. Casey Harris and M. ClayFostel of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-634.

--George Edward Nichols and Susan Jane Nichols claim George Edward Nichols developedmesothelioma after his work as a laborer from 1963 until 1966 and a crane operator from 1967 until 2007. Randy L.Gori ofGori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing the Nichols. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, J.D. McMullen and William H. Barfield of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-640.

--Barbara Jean Olson ofMinnesota claims her recently deceased husband, Clarence R. Olson, developed lung cancer after his work as a pipefitter from 1966 until 2006. TheOlsons are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller,Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-638.

--DwayneSchlecht and ShirleySchlecht ofColorado claim DwayneSchlecht developedmesothelioma after his work as a sheet metal worker from 1949 until 1996. TheSchlechts are represented by Nicholas J.Angelides, Melissa C.Schopfes and Taylor L. Kerns ofSimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-630.

--Betty White ofOklahoma claims her recently deceased husband, Neil White,developedmesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, electrician, operator, laborer and heavy equipment operator at various locations throughoutIllinoisandOklahoma. White is represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix ofSimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-639.

--David L.Woolwine and Penny S.Woolwine ofIndiana claim David L.Woolwine developedmesothelioma after his work as a service station worker and foundry worker from 1961 until 1992. TheWoolwines are represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-644.

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Illinois – Asbestos Exposure –Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit

29 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyJune 8-12
6/23/2009 7:12 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 29 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of June 8 through June 12.

The following complaints were filed:

--Linda Barrier ofColorado claims her recently deceased husband, James L. Barrier, developed lung cancer after his work as a mechanic, industrial equipment repairman and rental property renovator from 1965 until 1979. Barrier is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-611.

--Patricia Blundell ofTexas claims her recently deceased husband, Jimmie Blundell, developed mesothelioma after his work as a carpenter, roofer and factory worker at various locations from 1962 until 1979. Blundell is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-617.

--Norma Briesacher ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Robert Briesacher,developed lung cancer after his work as a supervisor and delivery driver from 1962 until 1975. Briesacher is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-599.

--Jackie Ray Casteel ofIllinois, a derrick hand and motorman in an oilfield from 1979 until 1986,claims asbestosis. Casteel is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-591.

--Cheryl Copeland ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Herman Copeland,developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic and carpenter at various locations inIllinois andIndiana from 1970 until 2005. Copeland is represented by Amy E. Garrett and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-624.

--Joyce Corbyn claims her recently deceased husband, George Corbyn, developed mesothelioma after his work as a carpenter at various locations from 1947 until 1979. Corbyn is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-618.

--John Robert Cox ofIllinois, a roughneck and driller on the oilfield from 1952 until 1986,claims asbestosis. Cox is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-590.

--Laura Dawes ofConnecticut, a mail sorter, assembly line worker and welder from 1971 until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Dawes is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-593.

--Joseph DeMauro Sr. ofConnecticut, an apprentice carpenter, laborer, sweeper and painter from 1952 until 1979, claims lung cancer. DeMauro is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-597.

--Donna Elliott, representative of the heirs and estate of Shirley Elliott, claims Shirley Elliott developed mesothelioma after her work at Cedar Village Restaurant from the 1960s until the 1990s. Shirley Elliott was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her former spouse, Nathan Elliott, who worked for various employers including the Kentucky National Guard and Ward Engineering from 1949 until 1974, according to the complaint. Shirley Elliott was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, Eugene Drake, who worked as a laborer for L and N Railroad from 1954 until 1958. Donna Elliott is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-615.

--George T. Engle ofIllinois,a floor hand on the oilfield from 1966 until 1978,claims asbestosis. Engle is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-589.

--Maria Feola ofFlorida claims her recently deceased husband, Amerigo Feola, developed mesothelioma after his work as a concrete finisher, laborer and supervisor at various locations from 1953 until 1970. Feola is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-601.

--Leroy W. Gammon ofIllinois, a derrick hand, driller, pusher and chain hand from 1955 until 1981, claims asbestosis. Gammon is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-588.

--Ronald Garlick ofIllinois, a roughneck and chain hand on the oilfield from 1963 until 1974, claims asbsestosis. Garlick is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Firm in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-587.

--Glenna Goede ofMissouri claims her recently deceased husband, Gerald Goede, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, oiler, aircraft mechanic and engineer from 1946 until 1979. Goede is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-619.

--Dolores Hallee ofMaine, a stacker operator at various locations from 1971 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Hallee says she was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her family member, Norman Hallee, who worked as a boiler mechanic and maintenance supervisor at various locations from 1952 until 1979. Hallee is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-594.

--Marie B. Hawks ofNorth Carolina claims her recently deceased husband, William F. Hawks Sr., developed lung cancer after his work as a concrete worker, laborer and boiler mechanic at various locations from 1970 until 1979. Hawks is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-602.

--Clarence Steven Heil ofIllinois, a floorhand in the oilfield from 1960 through the 1980s,claims asbestosis. Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy will be representing Heil. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-586.

--Anna Hess claims she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a mechanic from 1955 until 1980. Because of her exposure, Hess says she developed mesothelioma. Hess is represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-629.

--James W. Howell Jr. ofMississippi claims mesothelioma on behalf of a recently deceased woman, Patricia A. Tigner, who worked as a beautician at a local beauty shop for 35 years. Tigner was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through her grandfather, who worked on various heavy equipment; through Burt Howell, who used Euclid products as a dirt mover; through her cousin Bobby Joe Tigner, who was a welder by trade and worked on boilers at Dupont and Exxon; through her husband, who was a used car salesman; through William Tigner, who did roofing and drywall work; and through her sister, who worked in various plants. Howell is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-583.

--Margaret L. Kohler ofWashington claims her recently deceased husband, Peter Kohler Sr., a pipefitter at various locations from 1946 until 1979, developed mesothelioma. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton will be representing Kohler. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-598.

--Engelbert Kraus ofMichigan, a teacher, counselor and YMCA instructor and maintenance worker from 1943 until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Kraus is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-595.

--Justine Mellynchuk ofMassachusetts claims her friend, Gloria Bishop, developed mesothelioma after her work as a waitress and insulator at various locations from 1943 until 1973. Mellynchuk is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-604.

--Virginia Neely of Missouri claims her recently deceased husband, Roy Neely, developed pleural plaques after his work as a laborer at various locations from 1956 until 1979. Neely is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-610.

--Daniel Nichols ofTennessee, a laborer and roofer at various locations from 1960 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Nichols is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-596.

--Vergie Mae Overbee, a self-employed grocer in 1968; a coil winder at Consolidated Radio from 1951 until 1956; a laborer at Zenith Radio from 1957 until 1967; a laborer at Motorola from 1967 until 1968; a laborer at GM from 1969 until 1971; a member of a labor gang at Kaiser Aluminum in 1969; a packer and cleaner at Johnson and Johnson from 1970 until 1972; a home construction worker from 1971 until 1972; and a laborer at Zenith Radio from 1955 through 1966, claims mesothelioma. Overbee is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget Baragona and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-616.

--Herschel Don Phillips ofIllinois, a derrick hand, floor hand and drilling foreman from 1961 through 1972 and from 1981 until 1983,claims asbestosis. Phillips is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-585.

--Barbara Senko ofArizona claims her recently deceased husband, Robert Senko, developed mesothelioma after his work as amarine machinist from 1959 until 1979. Senko is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-603.

--Kevin T. Stucky ofIllinois, a derrick hand and driller in the oilfield from 1975 until 1987,claims asbestosis. Stucky is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-584.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit

11 new asbestos cases filed May 25-29 inMadisonCounty
6/12/2009 7:55 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 11 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of May 25 through May 29.

The following complaints were filed:

--Robert K. Anderson Sr. and Terri Anderson of Wisconsin claim Robert K. Anderson developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer at C.R. Meyers and Youg's in the 1980s, as an insulator at Combustion Engineer in 1967, as an insulator at Taylor Insulation in 1968 and as a cable splicer at Solarus from 1969 until 1999. TheAndersons are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-532.

--Patricia L. Duncan claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Charles Duncan, who worked from 1953 until 1980 as a carpenter and millwright at various locations. Patricia L. Duncan is represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-555.

--Annette Jarvis ofKansas claims her recently deceased husband, Richard J. Jarvis, developed lung cancer after serving in the U.S. Navy and working as a laborer at Union Pacific Railroad. Annette Jarvis is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-539.

--Rosalee Klataske of Missouri claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased father, Billy Lee Fast, a farmhand and factory worker at various locations from 1957 until 1976. Klataske is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-536.

--Mary E. Lemberger claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Jerome Lemberger, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1940 until 1946 as an electrician's mate and who worked as an electrical engineer at various locations from 1946 until 1982. Mary E. Lemberger is represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-l-533.

--Vincenzo LoGrasso ofCalifornia, a cook, chef, kitchen helper and restaurant owner/operator at various locations from 1968 until 2004, claims mesothelioma. LoGrasso is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-535.

--James Lombardi, a home builder, refrigerator and furnace cleaner, carpenter, box car cleaner and mechanic from 1960 until the 1980s, claims mesothelioma. Lombardi says he was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked as an open hearth, grinder and chipper from 1925 until 1955. Lombardi is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget Baragona and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-549.

--Carlyle Pietro ofPennsylvania, an auto service man, carpenter, painter, laborer, shipping department clerk, foreman, sailor and storekeeper in the U.S. Navy from 1957 until 2000, claims mesothelioma. Pietro is represented by T. Barton French Jr. and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-548.

--Jason Smith ofTennessee claims his recently deceased father, Clayton Smith,developed mesothelioma after his work as an insurance and medical claims adjustor at various locations throughIllinois,Arizona,Iowa,California andTennessee from 1965 until 2000. Smith is represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of SimmonsCooper in
East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-545.

--Robert G. Swaim ofArkansas, a fabricator, tester and analyzer from 1971 until 1975, claims mesothelioma. Swaim says he was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through his father, who worked as acarman from 1952 until 1961 and at various service stations from the late 1960s through the mid 1980s, and his mother, who worked at AT&T from 1966 until the late 1990s. Swaim is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-538.

--Larry Williams ofIllinois, an automechanic,forklift operator, line worker, machinist, industrial/auto repairman and laborer at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1964 through 2009, claims mesothelioma. Williams is represented by T. Barton French Jr. and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-537.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

16 new asbestos cases filed May 18-22 inMadisonCounty
6/12/2009 7:00 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 16 newasbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of May 18 through May 22.

The following claims were filed:

--Mary E. Anderson ofMissouri, a cleaning crew member aboard the USS Admiralcruise ship from 1961 until 1963 and a nurses aide at theMissouriPacificRailroadHospital from 1962 until 1976, claims mesothelioma.Anderson says she was also exposed to asbestos fibers secondarily through her husband, who worked from 1966 until 1996 as a molder for Granite City Steel.Anderson is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-520.

--Robbie J. Dempsey claims her recently deceased husband, Clyde D. Dempsey, developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter and plumber beginning in 1957. Robbie J. Dempsey is represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-512.

--Victor Lee and Priscella Dillbeck ofArizona claim Victor Lee Dillbeck developed mesothelioma after his work as an apprentice, machinist and millwright from 1962 until 2005. Victor Lee Dillbeck says he also was a member of the Local 448 Carpenter/Millwright Union for 31 years. The Dillbecks are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court casenumber : 09-L-531.

--Jacob L. and Doris Fullmer ofIndiana claim Jacob L. Fullmer developed mesothelioma after his work as a hand sander, in the U.S. Navy, material handler, bottler and steamfitter from 1955 until 1993. The Fullmers are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-521.

--Bobby Haley ofArizona, mechanic, laborer, millwright and truck driver from 1956 until now, claims mesothelioma. Haley is represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-502.

--Clarence and JoAnne Haskell claim Clarence Haskell developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, operator and finisher, parts manager and purchaser, salesman, owner, operator, distributor and carpenter from 1955 until 1992. The Haswells are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget Baragona and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-509.

--Elizabeth Marshall ofKentucky alleges her recently deceased husband, Thomas Marshall, developed asbestosis and bilateral pleural plaques after his work as an assistant unit operator, unit operator, assistant shift engineer and shift engineer at various locations from 1952 until 1998. Elizabeth Marshall is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-519.

--William Z. McClintock ofOhio, who served in the U.S. Army from 1973 until 1975 and worked for Soil Conservation Service, Brown Insulation,GoodyearTruckTireCenter, MTD, Graber Metal Works,McClintock Energy, Johnson Controls World Services and Ohio Professional Energy Consortium from 1975 until present, claims mesothelioma. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-514.

--Wilfred L. Miller of Virginia, a laborer, lineman, foreman and self-employed mechanic from the 1950s until 2000, claims mesothelioma. Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-528.

--Phyllis A. and John Nelson ofIndiana claim Phyllis A. Nelson developed mesothelioma after her work as a laborer at Westinghouse Electric Supply and as a teacher atHomesteadHigh School from 1953 until 2009. Phyllis A. Nelson was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through her brother, Bill, who worked as a laborer from 1946 until 1965, and through her other brother, Frank, who worked as a laborer from 1946 until 1953, according to the complaint. Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing them. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-530.

--Dorathea R. and Joe L. Pierce claim Dorathea R. Pierce developed lung cancer after her work as a supervisor within the Vanity Fair Intimates textile manufacturing plant from 1966 until 2002. She also worked as a sales associate for Marvin's Building Materials from 2004 until 2008, according to the complaint. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing them. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-259.

--Barbara Pratt claims her recently deceased father, Clifford Richardson, developed mesothelioma after his work as a floor tile layer and carpenter at various locations from 1945 until 1987. Pratt is represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-511.

--Shirley Mae Roach ofTexas claims her recently deceased husband, William Albert Roach, developed mesothelioma after his work in the airman first class, at the March and Travis Air Force Bases and at Wedron Silica. Shirley Mae Roach claims her husband also worked as a plant manager and at R&R Construction from 1968 until 1988. Shirley Mae Roach is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-506.

--Alan Steinberg ofTexas claims his recently deceased father, Robert Steinberg, developed mesothelioma after his work at various locations throughout theUnited States from 1955 until 2003. Steinberg is represented by Randy S. Cohn of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-503.

--Charles J. Turner ofAlabama claims his recently deceased father, Charles B. Turner, developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, plasterer and logger at various locations throughoutIllinois,Alabama andMississippi from 1964 until 2008. Charles J. Turner is represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-504.

--Gwen Wattsclaims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Virgil L. Watts, who worked as a pipefitter and plumber at various locations throughoutIllinois beginning in 1939. Virgil L. Watts also worked for the United States Navy from 1942 until 1945, according to the complaint. Gwen Watts will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-513.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

13 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyMay 11-15
6/1/2009 11:54 AM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 13 newasbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of May 11 through May 15.
The following complaints were filed:

--Frank and Barbara Anne Autry ofCalifornia claim Frank Autry developed mesothelioma after his work as a plumber, water well driller and welder from 1970 until 1972. The Autrys claim Frank Autry also performed home reconstruction work in 1981 and worked at a shipyard for Oakland Naval Supply from 1983 until 1984. The Autrys are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-497.

--Jorge Cardenas ofNew Jersey claims his recently deceased wife, Raysa Cardenas, developed mesothelioma after her work as a gate agent at Continental Airlines from 1988 until 2008. She was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through her father, who worked at a local auto parts store, according to the complaint. Jorge Cardenas is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-485.

--Edna Cordy claims her recently deceased husband, Lee L. Cordy, developed mesothelioma after his work as an apprentice operating crane engineer, residential construction worker and auto mechanic worker from 1947 through 2003. Edna Cordy is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock, Erik P. Karst and Sara A. Morton of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-418.

--William Downey ofKentucky, an operator and factory worker from 1973 until 1994, claims lung cancer. Downer is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-494.

--Joseph and Amalia Horvath ofOhio claim Joseph Horvath developed mesothelioma after his work as a box assembler, laborer, maintenance worker, roofer and tool and dye worker from 1958 until 2000. Joseph Horvath says he also conducted his own home and auto maintenance repairs. The Horvaths are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-484.

--Ralph W. Millsaps ofColorado, a handyman, farmer, meatcutter, machinist, sheet metal worker, welder, heavy equipment mechanic, maintenance man, freelance auto mechanic and handyman from 1952 until 1985, claims mesothelioma. Millsaps is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-495.

--Carleties Mitchell ofIllinois, a laborer, mechanic and truck driver from 1955 until 1990,claims lung cancer. Mitchell is represented by Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-481.

--Jean Nagy ofMichigan claims her recently deceased father, John Bunjac, developed mesothelioma after his work as a design engineer at various locations throughoutIllinois,Missouri,Michigan andKentucky from 1936 until 1992. Nagy is represented by Randy S. Cohn of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-482.

--Paul Post ofArkansas, a welder from 1944 until 1990, claims mesothelioma. Post is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-492.

--Robert E. Shelton ofArkansas, a laborer at various locations from 1951 until 1967, claims lung cancer.Shelton is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-493.

--Donna Teague ofKentucky claims her recently deceased father, Isaac Moore, developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer and mechanic from 1950 until 1984. Teague is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-496.

--Vera Jean Trammell-Wallace ofMontana claims her recently deceased husband, Russell Wallace, developed mesothelioma after his work as a rigger, coppersmith and pipefitter at various locations from 1942 until 1985. Trammell-Wallace is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-491.

--John Zeller ofFlorida, a nurse and administrator at various locations throughout theUnited States from 1962 until 1981, claims mesothelioma. Zeller is represented by Brian J. Cooke of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-488.

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Illinois – Asbestos Litigation – Rise in Asbestos Cases

Delaware, California new prime targets for asbestos plaintiffs
4/30/2009 12:30 PM By Staff Reports 

During a recent interview with a reporter, Lester Brickman recalled an old television western from days gone by called "Have Gun-Will Travel."

"The main character was named Paladin and his logo was 'have gun-will travel,'" Brickman recalled. "It would start with a little ditty and the title and such. Well, that's kind of like the plaintiffs' lawyers logo now. 'Have case-Will travel. We will go wherever we have the friendliest courts, laws and juries.'"

The assessment, coming as it did from Brickman, is particularly relevant in the aftermath of the Nolan v. Weil-McLain decision by theIllinois Supreme Court earlier this month.

Brickman is a law professor at the prestigious Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law inNew York and is widely recognized as the foremostasbestos litigation scholar in the country.

Though the ripples from the splash in the Nolan case will roll across asbestos litigation for years to come, many legal professionals expect it to, at the veryleast, dent the reputation of plaintiff friendly jurisdictions inIllinois, such asMadisonCounty.

Some, likeChicago defense attorney EdwardMcCambridge who was the prime mover on the Nolan case, believe the decision could likely have plaintiffs' lawyers in search ofa other locations.

"It will definitely makeIllinois not as attractive as it once was,"McCambridge said of the Nolan ruling. "There is no questionIllinois loses that stigma. I would suspect people might choose other venues."

Brickman said the full impact remains to be seen, but he suspects the ready-to-travel asbestos plaintiffs' lawyers will not hesitate to move if necessary. Just as tort reform legislation radically slowed many states that were once home to thousands upon thousands of asbestos cases, the latest rulings could again force a shift, he said.

"Having lost the friendly venues inTexas andMississippi, they are already looking for other venues," Brickman said. "They have planted a flag inDelaware, where Vice President Joe Biden's son is involved in attempting to makeDelaware a friendly court for asbestos cases. Another isSouthern California where there is a rise in asbestos cases."

As legal landscape shifts inIllinois,Delaware andCalifornia will continue their recent growth in the number of cases filed. But just as each state has its own unique appeal,Illinois, even in the aftermath of the Nolanruling, is not likely to lose its luster as a preferred venue for asbestos lawsuits.

Go West (or East)

The Nolan case caused a tremor throughIllinoisasbestos dockets because it in essence reversed the so-calledLipke Rule that prevented defendants in asbestos cases from introducing evidence of the plaintiff's other exposure related to other defendants who previously settled the case.

As David Holmes and Anthony MichaelGoldner, attorneys at theChicago firm of WilsonElser, explained, "Illinois was the only state in the country to have had a rule with a blanket prohibition against all evidence pertaining to the negligence of non-parties."

Defense attorneys likeMcCambridge andGoldner say the ruling will encourage more defendants to avoid settling a case and take their chances in trial.McCambridge said the possibility of a trial alone may be enough to send plaintiffs' attorneys on the move in search of a friendlier venue.

As Brickman mentioned,Delaware has emerged in recent years as a very popular venue, particularly since Democratic Attorney General Beau Biden took office.

A USA Today story in 2008 noted that the younger Biden was a partner in a Delaware law firm "that was filing asbestos lawsuits and seeking to develop a specialty in that area," at the same time his father, then a Delaware senator worked to kill a "bipartisan bill designed to curb asbestos lawsuits," according to the report.

TheBidens' campaign accounts have benefited from large donations by trial lawyers and their related political action committees. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, employees at three law firms that specialize in asbestos litigation were among Beau Biden's top 10 all-time contributors.

In addition toDelaware's loyal Democratic Party voting base and liberal courts, the state is attractive to plaintiffs' attorneys because of attractive corporation laws. Most major companies have an office inDelaware, which makes it almost impossible for defense attorneys to challenge the convenience of the venue.

California has its own unique attractions for plaintiffs, most notably its liberal civil courts that give plaintiffs a generous home-field advantage. Civil Justice Association of California has sponsored legislation in recent years designed to balance the scales for defendants in court. Despite some victories, Executive Director John Sullivan said the courts have made the state one of the least attractive in the country for businesses.

During the state's recent budget woes in which the deficit topped $40 billion and the state controller began issuing IOUs instead of payments, Sullivan urged the governor and the Legislature to adopt tort reform in the hopes of stemming the tide of lawsuit-weary businesses fleeing the state and taking their jobs with them.

"As economic conditions improve, companies will have the opportunity to decide whether to restore jobs here or elsewhere," Sullivan said. "Legislators should stop our litigation climate from blocking the sunshine of jobs and paychecks for thousands of Californians."

In addition to the political environment, recent legal rulings have opened the door to new asbestos lawsuits. In a 2005 case, Kinsman v. Unocal, the California Supreme Court tore down the barrier for independent contractors to sue in premise liability cases. Prior to that decision,California businesses had been able to avoid liability by establishing that they did not retain control over the safety conditions of the work done by independent contractors, according to a report in Los Angeles Lawyer.

"Premise defendants now face an expanded analysis when assessing their potential liability in asbestos actions," the story reported.

The comforts of home

While plaintiffs' lawyers will surely continue to increase the number of cases filed in places like Delaware and California,Illinois still offers certain advantages that could outweigh the defeat of theLipke Rule, specifically in premise liability cases like those now increasing in California.

Brickman called premise liability a "growth area" for plaintiffs' lawyers.

"The premises cases are a growth area -- trying to sue the premises owners for people who worked or used the premises and could attribute their illness to the exposure of the premises. That's an expanding area," he said.

As Chicago Law Professor Richard Epstein pointed out, premise liability cases have greatly widened the pool of defendants by including any building where asbestos exposure might have been possible.

With many of the prominent users of asbestos bankrupt from hundreds of thousands of lawsuits filed in the 1980s and 1990s, Epstein said plaintiff attorneys have widened the circle of those they can sue.

"Background conditions are surely being treated as though they were industrially caused," Epstein said. "Standard workers compensation law holds that occupational diseases have to be distinguished from diseases of life. Everyone has some gunk accumulated from living, and if all this is attributable to the named defendants, everyone is a plaintiff, so that the industrial connection is lost, which means that no one is ever safe."

Premise liability lawsuits that use these "background conditions" for the basis of their case, can benefit fromIllinois joint-and-several liability laws, which in essence make all defendants found to be liable, wholly liable for the settlement. So in cases where several companies settle, those who go to court remain 100 percent liable even if the amount of exposure is minimal compared to others who already settled or are already bankrupt.

"As the circle goes wider, there are more people in each circle so thatjoinder becomes more critical, as does the rule that anyone who is responsible for one iota is responsible for the whole loss if others are insolvent," Epstein said.

Defense attorneys have argued in court that such cases have served to create a situation of "limitless liability" in some states. But thereinlies the rub for scholars like Brickman, who point to the verifiable limited number of people who become ill because of asbestos exposure.

"You have somewhere around 1,800 to 2,000 people a year who contractmesothelioma," Brickman said. "Medical science indicates that at least 20 percent of themesothelioma cases do not have a record of asbestos exposure."

Despite those limits, asbestos lawsuits show no sign of slowing anytime soon. Lawyers have their cases, and they will travel, if necessary to find a favorable venue for a settlement of a jury award. Just how much they have to travel will likely be determined in the future, according toMcCambridge.

"The key to this whole thing is it changes the nature of asbestos trials,"McCambridge said of the Nolan ruling. "It seems really kind of basic, but it does change the nature of the way a case is tried inIllinois. It will take a while to sort out how judges will deal with this, because they aren't used to dealing with it. But I think it will have a real impact on how cases proceed from now on."

 

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Mesothelioma Lawsuit

16 asbestos claims filed April 6-10 inMadisonCounty
4/29/2009 7:00 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 16 new asbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of April 6 through April 10.

The following claims were filed:

--Anthony and Carol Aemmer ofIndiana claim Anthony Aemmer developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, firefighter and oiler from 1964 until 2002. The Aemmers are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-361.

--Suzanne Allen ofGeorgiaclaims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Gareth Allen, who worked from 1968 until 2009 as a carpenter, machinist mate, mechanic, pipefitter and plumber at various locations throughoutIllinois,Georgia,Alaska,California andColorado. Allen is represented by Randy S. Cohn of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-358.

--William Allen Sr. ofIllinois, a brick mason, paint coordinator, mechanic and general laborer at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1950 until 1998,claims mesothelioma. Allen is represented by Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-347.

--Marcel Bernier ofFlorida, a pipefitter and sheet metal worker at various locations from 1949 until 1993, claims lung cancer. Bernier is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-352.

--Betty Christian ofMichigan claims her recently deceasedhusband, Ronald Christian developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, stock man and laborer at various locations. Betty Christian is represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-346.

--Jayme Chu ofUtah claims mesothelioma on behalf of recently deceased James S. Holloway, who was in the Navy and Air Force and who worked for the Salt Lake Sewer District, Hercules Incorporated and Sinclair Oil Corporation.Chu is represented by Michael R. Bilbrey and Timothy P. Hulla of the Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-371.

--Rodney D. Halterman and Lynn Cummings claim Rodney Halterman developed mesothelioma after his work from 1971 until 2008 for Toledo Plastics, Cleveland Cliffs, Kelsey Hayes and The Oglebay Norton Company. Halterman is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-368.

--Charles Handy ofAlaska, an assistant machinist and a laborer at various locations inAlabama,Texas,Washington,Georgia,Mississippi,Louisiana andAlaska from 1940 until 1991, claims mesothelioma. Handy is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-355.

--Pamela J. and Robert Lambert Sr. ofMaryland claim Pamela J. Lambert developed lung cancer after her exposure to asbestos fibers through her husband's work as a laborer at Armco Steel from 1965 until 1993. The Lamberts are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-357.

--Glen and Lois Lewis ofIllinois claim Glen Lewisdeveloped lung cancer after his work for the U.S. Army, NORGE, Ray Summer Appliance, Valley Steel, Lewis Plumbing and Electric, T.T. Top Drilling Co., Fedders andNorthClaySchool from 1951 until 1993. They are represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-350.

--Elizabeth Randolph ofMissouri claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Samuel Lee Randolph, who worked from 1960 until 2006 as a laborer at Ford Motor Company.Randolph is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-370.

--Jack Romaker ofArizona, a laborer, mechanic, truck driver and inspector from 1943 until 1988, claims mesothelioma. Romaker is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-362.

--Donald Schaff ofWisconsin, a ratchet man, truck driver, section crew member and member of the Teamsters Local 200 from 1944 until 1989, claims mesothelioma. Schaff is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-363.

--Charles Telle ofMissouri, a laborer, mechanic, meat cutter, owner and operator of a mowing operation and auto salvage yard and brush cutter at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from 1960 until 1996, claims mesothelioma. Telle is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-367.

--Audrey and Louise Wagner ofIllinois claim Audrey Wagnerdeveloped mesotheliomaafter his work as a teacher and as a laborer from 1957 until 1977. The Wagners are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-356.

--Dorothy Zych of Indiana, a cashier, sales clerk, manager and receptionist from 1951 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Zych says she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her ex-husband who worked from 1952 until 1956 as an airplane mechanic and from 1956 until 1975 as a truck driver, according to the complaint. Her father also brought asbestos fibers home from his work at U.S. Steel in the 1940s, the suit states. Zych is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-366.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Mesothelioma Lawsuit

15 new asbestos claims filed April 13-17
4/29/2009 6:56 AM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 15 new asbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of April 13 through April 17.

The following claims were filed:

--Imogene Baldwin ofAlabama claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Earl Baldwin Jr., who worked from 1952 until 1980 as a welder at various locations. Imogene Baldwin is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-391.

--Mary Boston ofIllinoisclaims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Gerald Boston, who worked from 1948 until 1985 as a boiler installer, lab technician, insurance agent and police officer at various locations. Mary Boston is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-389.

--Kathleen Crank ofOhio, a hair dresser and laborer from 1960 until 1974, claims mesothelioma. She says she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her father who worked as an assembly line worker and as a pipe fitter from 1950 until 1980. Crank's older sister, who worked from 1965 until 1968 as an assembly line worker, and her other sister, who worked from 1967 until 1970 as an assembly line worker, also brought asbestos home on their clothing, the suit states. Crank was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her first husband, who worked as a laborer from 1970 until 1974, through her second husband, who worked at Valley Systems, and through her son, who worked as a laborer, according to the complaint. Crank is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-375.

--Rita Foley ofMissouri claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Michael Foley, who worked from 1976 until the 1990s as a drywall installer and laborer. Rita Foley is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-376.

--William Frederick ofColorado claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased wife, Deborah L. Frederick. She was secondarily exposed to asbestos through William Frederick, who worked as a laborer from 1960 until 1980, according to the complaint. William Frederick is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-377.

--Troy E. Hefner ofIllinois, a mechanic and forklift mechanic from 1987 until 2003,claims lung cancer. Hefner is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-373.

--Dan Lee Ingham ofTexas, a laborer and member of the Ironworker's Local 433 from 1947 until the 1970s, claims mesothelioma. Ingham is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-385.

--Karen Jacobs ofTexas claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased father, John Laufhutte, who worked from 1960 until 2005 as a mechanic, auditor, computer signer and general manager at various locations throughoutIllinois andOhio. Jacobs is represented by Randy S. Cohn of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-387.

--Helen and Gary Lucas ofFlorida claim Helen Lucas developed mesothelioma after her work from 1952 until the early 1980s as a nurse in training, waitress and laborer at various locations throughoutIllinois,Michigan andAlabama. They are represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-386.

--Delores and Donald McMullen ofMichigan claim Delores McMullen developed mesothelioma after her work as an office worker, data processor, secretary, finance department laborer and financial officer from 1960 until 2007. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a die caster, driver, supervisor and maintenance worker from 1960 until 1999, according to the complaint. The McMullens are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-374.

--Shirley Rice ofMichigan, a secretary and business owner at various locations throughoutIllinois andMichigan from 1948 until 1998, claims mesothelioma. Rice says she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, who worked as a laborer at Ford Motor Company from 1929 until 1959. Rice is represented by Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-384.

--Roosevelt and Opal Samuel of Texas claim Roosevelt Samuel developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer in the U.S. Army and as a laborer at B&B Insulation, Tubes Corp., Insulation Sales and Services and Econotherm from 1953 until 2007. The Samuels are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-381.

--John Chandler Smith of Utah, a mechanic and truck driver at various locations throughoutIllinois,California,Nevada andUtah from 1952 until 2002, claims mesothelioma. Smith is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-382.

--Craig Wisnan claims mesothelioma on behalf of his deceased client, Elisa Fuentes, who worked from 1945 until 1987 as a retail clerk at various locations. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her family member, Gilbert Fuentes, who worked from 1942 until the 1980s as a pipe fitter and truck driver at various locations, Elisa Fuentes's attorney, Wisnan, claims. Wisnan is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-388.

--Merton Yeomans ofIllinois, a radar operator, loader and electrical inspector at various locations throughIllinois, Indiana and South Carolina from 1943 until 1986,claims mesothelioma. Yeomans is represented by Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-383.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

15 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyMarch 30-April 3
4/27/2009 10:14 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 15 new asbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of March 30 through April 3.

The following claims were filed:

--Gabriel Boser, a farmer, plasterer and latherer at various locations from 1956 until 2000, claims lung cancer. Boser is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-326.

--Charles J. Childress ofIllinois, an auto mechanic, railroad laborer and carpenter at various locations from 1969 until 2000,claims mesothelioma. Childress is represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-342.

--Charles and Brenda Childress ofKentucky claim Charles Childress developed mesothelioma after his work as a heavy equipment operator in the U.S. Air Force, assistant credit manager at Harrison Tire and Rubber Co., in-ground pool installer, welder's helper and as a member of the Bricklayers Union Local No. 2 inIndianapolis from 1959 until 2009. The Childresses are represented by Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-340.

--Isabelle Lesser of Pennsylvania claims Mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Gustav Lesser, who worked from 1936 until 1976 as a ship fitter at various locations. Isabelle Lesser is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmonscooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-323.

--Gladys Jean Martin ofKentucky claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Roger Martin Sr., who worked as an automotive mechanic from 1971 until 2007. Gladys Jean Martin is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-335.

--Velma and Roy Nabors ofGeorgia claim Velma Nabors developed mesothelioma after her work from 1959 until 2009 as a seamstress, painter, secretary, security guard and post master at various locations throughoutGeorgia. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband who worked from 1967 until 1986 as an appliance repairman inGeorgia. The Nabors are represented by Perry J. Browder, John A. Barnerd, Trent B. Miracle and John P. Wagner of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-344.

--Jacqueline Nelson of Washingtonclaims mesothelioma on behalf of her deceased father, Tim Buckingham, who worked as a pipefitter and plumber at various locations throughout Washington, Utah,Illinois, Montana, Alaska, Indiana, Wyoming, Idaho, Kansas, California, Colorado and Minnesota from 1950 until 1989. Nelson is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-330.

--Jimmy Lee Pearce of Indiana, a farmer, mechanic, laborer, operator, pumper, maintenance man and volunteer fireman at various locations throughoutIllinois andIndiana from 1956 until 2002, claims mesothelioma. Pearce is represented by John A. Barnerd and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-338.

--Gilbert Pena ofArizona claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased sister, Cecilia Pena, who worked from 1958 until 1993 as a laborer, assembly line worker, laundry department worker and surgical technician at various locations throughoutArizona andCalifornia. Gilbert Pena is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-331.

--Larry and Jean Requardt ofTexas claim Larry Requardt developed lung cancer after his work as a machinist mate, painter, driver, trim carpenter, laborer, banker, owner of Aluminum Polishing and trim carpenter from 1958 until 2005 at various locations. The Requardts are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-341.

--Betty Brown Sanders of Washington, a file clerk, nurse, homemaker and daycare operator at various locations from the 1960s until 2008, claims mesothelioma.Sanders is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-327.

--Mary Sue Seals of Texas claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Thelbert Seals, who worked as a truck driver, insurance salesman, store manager, electrician and project manager at various locations from 1948 until 1991. Mary Sue Seals is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-324.

--Jack M. Senf and Betty Senf ofIllinois allege Jack M. Senf developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer in the U.S. Navy from 1948 until 1977 and as director of maintenance atFt.MadisonCommunitySchool District from 1978 until 1994. The Senfs are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-319.

--Melissa Thomas ofNew Hampshire claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Paul B. Thomas, who worked from 1969 until 2008 as a welder, pipefitter, electrician and electronics technician at various locations. Melissa Thomas is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-325.

--Patricia Winston ofWisconsin claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Bobby J. Winston, who worked as a laborer at Chrysler and American Motors from 1971 until 2006. Patricia Winston is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-339.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

13 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyMarch 23-27
4/1/2009 1:34 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 13 newasbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of March 23 through March 27.

The following claims were filed:

--Richard L. and Loretta Bell of Texas claim Richard L. Bell contracted Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma after his work as a laborer in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1945, as a loader at Shell Oil Co. from 1947 until 1952, as a district manager at Stahly Cartage Company from 1955 until 1973 and as president at Kaney Transportation from 1973 until 1994. The Bells are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-307.

--Valdis D. Bross of Indiana, a chemical engineer from 1963 until 1968, a maintenance engineer from 1968 until 1969, a maintenance worker from 1969 until 1971, a maintenance and technical service engineer from 1971 until 1975, a pump and compressor salesperson from 1975 until 1982 and a maintenance and repair engineer from 1982 until 2008, claims mesothelioma. Bross is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-302.

--Ladd and Joan Butler ofArizona claim Ladd Butler developed mesothelioma after his work as a meat cutter from 1938 until 1942, from 1946 until 1951 and from 1951 until 1956, as a cook from 1943 until 1946, as a general contractor from 1947 until 1983 and as a home remodeler from 1955 until 1957. TheButlers are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beane of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-293.

--George and Melody Crossland of Tennessee claim George Crossland developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, self-employed contract carpet installer and self-employed contracted commercial building cleaner from 1958 until 2009. The Crosslands are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-316.

--William Fredrick and Jean Dolle ofIllinoisclaim William Fredrick Dolledeveloped mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, bricklayer, drywaller, roofer and floortiler from 1947 until 1994. Dolle is represented by John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Aaron J. Deluca and Erik P. Karst of Deluca and Nemeroff of Spring,Texas, will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-299.

--Harry J. Ferdinand ofLouisiana, a laborer and member of the United Steel Workers Local Union from 1966 until 2006, claims mesothelioma. Ferdinand is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-317.

--Thomas Fite ofMissouri claims pleural plaque on behalf of his recently deceased father, Wesley Fite, who worked as a laborer, fireman and miner from 1946 until 1977. Thomas Fite is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-292.

--William and Glynda Gibbs ofMississippi claim William Gibbs developed mesothelioma after his work from 1955 until 2009 as a mechanic, farmer and truck driver. The Gibbsare represented by Shane F. Hampton, Paul M. Dix and Courtney Gregory of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-315.

--Jeff Hanson ofIllinois claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased father, Harry Hanson, who worked as alaborer from 1943 until 1987. Jeff Hanson is represented by John A. Barnerd and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-298.

--Kat Kreag ofIndiana claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased mother, Margaret L. McCarthy, who worked as a switchboard operator at Indiana Bell Telephone. McCarthy was also exposed to asbestos through her father's and husband's work for Indiana Harbor Belt Rail Raod from 1965 until 1977, according to the complaint. Her father also brought asbestos fibers home on his clothes after his work for Carson Prarie Scott, the suit states. Kreag is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-301.

--Elizabeth Manach of Massachusetts claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Gregory A. Manach, who served in the U.S. Army from 1967 until 1973, a carpenter from 1970 until 1975 and from 1977 until 1978, a butcher from 1975 until 2007 and an electricians assistant from 1993 until 1994. Elizabeth Manach is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-291.

--Charles Lee and Peggy Sue Riden claim Charles Lee Riden developed mesothelioma after his work as a brake mechanic and mechanic at Riden's Garage from 1934 until 1952, as a shadetree mechanic from the 1950s until the 1970s and as an engineman and fireman in the U.S. Navy from 1952 until 1974. The Ridens are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget Baragona and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-314.

--Deanne Ritch of Georgia, a laborer, cord board operator, clerk and manager from the 1960s until 1995, claims mesothelioma. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband's work from 1964 until 1983 as an engineer at Western Electric Company, according to the complaint. She is represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of SimmonsCoooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-312.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

'Take home' liability could mean limitless liability for asbestos defendants
3/20/2009 12:28 PM By Staff Reports 

During a recent gathering of asbestos legal professionals, aBeverly Hills conference focused on one central theme in emerging litigation trends: a new generation of problems -- connected to the last -- will mean a new wave of cases against a new slate of defendants.

With more than three decades past since the peak of asbestos manufacturing and use in theU.S., the focus of lawsuits has shifted to what is often called "secondary exposure cases." These cases are filed on behalf of a new slate of plaintiffs, many a generation removed from those that comprised the height ofasbestos litigation in the late 1990s when hundreds of thousands of cases were filed each year.

Likewise, the defendants include new businesses, most at least a step removed from the manufacturers, shipyards and refineries already forced into bankruptcy under the weight of billions paid in legal settlements.

With many of the first wave of plaintiffs deceased, and the businesses they sued bankrupt, it is no surprise the vast industry of asbestos lawyers would now be uncovering new cases along previously un-trod trails.

One such trail emerging as a potential highway of asbestos cases is take home liability cases. Commonly, these plaintiffs include everyone from children and spouses of those who worked around asbestos, babysitters who entered the employee's home, or independent contractors who worked with products containing asbestos.

Texas plaintiff attorneyShepard Hoffman described one form of take home liability extending "to those who regularly and repeatedly came in to contact with employees' work clothing consistently over a period of time."

New York attorney JohnCanoni said defendants in these cases have taken notice, raising in court their serious concern over the "specter of limitless liability."

New cases, new plaintiffs

The legal war over how courts will interpret the limits and legal responsibility in take home liability cases is now pitched in state-by-state battles. Some states, likeWashington,Tennessee,New Jersey andLouisiana have ruled that companies have a duty to protect and warn those who may become exposed to asbestos beyond their own employees, according toChicago defense attorney Jonathon Lively.

Others, notably,New York,Georgia,Kentucky,Texas,Michigan andDelaware have ruled against such duty. Many states, includingIllinois - and in whichMadisonCounty continues to be one of the larger asbestos dockets in the country -- are still hearing the cases that will determine the eventual legal precedence.

The cases that are setting the stage offer a glimpse into the next generation of clients.

"The housewife is the number one occupation listed for those now contractingmesothelioma,"West Virginia plaintiff attorney AnneKearse said.

ATennessee case involved a woman who died at the age of 24 after being exposed to asbestos from her father's work clothes. The woman was born premature and spent three months in the hospital where her father would come and hold her every day on his way home from work,Lively said.

Another case involves a plaintiff who was exposed to asbestos as a child from wrestling around with his father after work.

Canoni cited one of the most recent cases, a ruling from the Delaware Supreme Court earlier this month. Lillian Riedel sued ICI Americas, Inc., her husband's employer for nearly 30 years, for failing to warn her of the dangers of asbestos exposure from her husband's clothing.

"Does the employer owe a duty of care to the injured party who they may or may not have ever known, nor ever employed?"Canoni said.

According to court documents, the court ruled against Riedel, grantingICI's request for summary judgment "on the basis that ICI and Mrs. Riedel did not share a legally significant relationship that would create a duty ICI owed to her."

But that legal victory of the defense inDelaware is offset by plaintiff victories along similar lines in other states, notablyWashington.

Lawyers G. William Shaw and Michael K. Ryan wrote, "In a pair of closely watched asbestos cases, theWashington Court of Appeals on January 29, 2007 greatly expanded the duty to warn in asbestos cases."

The twin rulings in favor of plaintiffs found that a product manufacturer whose products do not include any asbestos is still responsible for exposure if the normal use of the product would cause them to become exposed from another source.

The court ruling "may have a direct impact on defendant manufacturers whose products may have required the use of asbestos-containing products to function properly," they wrote, which in turn, greatly expands the company's duty to warn about the exposure to asbestos. The ruling also greatly increases the pool of defendants that can be named inWashington asbestos cases.

Potential liability in states where duty to warn is expanded could soon extend to babysitters, school teachers and neighbors who could have been exposed by someone who worked around asbestos, according to asbestos conference presenters. The number of businesses who could be sued in asbestos cases is also greatly expanded, even to the point of including "mom and pop stores," one presenter at the conference said.

The cases with extended duty to warn are cropping up in asbestos dockets across the country. A brief review of cases filed recently inMadisonCounty, shows the subtle shift to the next generation of plaintiffs.

For example, among the 13 cases filed inMadisonCounty in a single week in February, few are direct lawsuits on behalf of a sick worker suing a former employer. One such example involves a lawsuit filed by Christine Warner ofTennessee on behalf of her mother who developedmesothelioma during her work as a seamstress at House of Fashions inMemphis for more than 30 years.

But most are less specific as to when and where the person was exposed to asbestos, likely built on duty to warn case law.

Pat Montgomery ofKentucky claims he developedmesothelioma after helping his father on the family farm for six years during the 1950s. AnIllinois woman claimed in her suit filed inMadisonCounty that she developedmesothelioma after being exposed through her husband.

Defending the case

The most important steps in defending against take home liability often occur early on in how the case is framed by the courts, according to Lively. The duty to warn is often determined by whether the court sees the case as one of misfeasance, poor action to warn, or nonfeasance, no action to warn.

"How a case gets framed in front of the court is going to greatly determine how it is going to end up," Lively said during the asbestos conference.

TheDelaware ruling involving Lillian Riedel, Lively said, was an example of the court assessing the failure to warn as nonfeasance, essentially ruling they had no duty to warn her of the potential exposure from her husband's work clothes.

Other cases where courts have ruled the company had a duty to warn and acted poorly to do so have led to plaintiff victories, the case of the 24-year-old woman fromTennessee for example,Lively said.

The outcomes of these cases differ greatly from state to state.

Hoffman said that despite the changing nature of the cases, juries still focus on the plaintiff and the harm done to them.

"Juries want to find a way to help out a family," he said, arguing that plaintiff attorneys must simply show the "contributing factors to a person contractingmesothelioma," and "the basis to hold the initiating company responsible."

Companies knew the dangers of asbestos, even on clothing leaving the plant for decades, Hoffman said, citing examples of safety measures that were commonplace.

"A study in 1913 discusses worker safety, of the need for lockers and showers and a change of clothes for workers before going home," Hoffman said.

While defense attorneys often point to 1972, when OSHA issued protocols to be followed regarding asbestos exposure,Kearse said that premise can be challenged in court.

"There's a lot of information out before OSHA,"Kearse said, starting with a report in 1937 that talks about safety policies related to asbestos.

"It was known and knowable how dangerous this was to work with," she said. "West Virginia had regulations in place since 1951, but it was rarely followed, if at all."

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades – Mesothelioma Lawsuit

25 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyFeb. 23-27
3/5/2009 12:45 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 25 new asbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Feb. 23 through Feb. 27.

The following claims were filed:

--Jean Angell ofTennessee, a knitter, clerical worker, teacher and receptionist at various locations from 1970 until 2008, claims mesothelioma. She is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0174.

--Wilma Frances Boswell ofMissouri claims lung cancer. She claims she was exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who was a steel worker at Granite City Steel from 1958 until 1980. Boswell is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0176.

--Jeaneen Boyd of Arizona claims mesothelioma on behalf of her deceased father, Jaward Boyd, Sr., who worked from 1967 until 2000 as a communication systems worker, manager, supervisor of operations and planning, insurance agent, relief supervisor, engineer technician, engineer tech supporter, staff engineer and customer service representative at various locations through Arizona and Texas. Jeaneen Boyd is represented by Christopher R. Guinn and Christopher J. Levy of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0168.

--Frank Bury ofIllinois, a drill operator, laborer and nail maker at various locations from 1945 until 1986,claims lung cancer. He is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0162.

--Dewey and Brenda Cardwell ofNew Mexico claim Dewey Cardwell developed mesothelioma after his work from 1964 until 2008 as a mechanic, truck driver, laborer and salesman. Dewey Cardwell is represented by Shane F. Hampton, Paul M. Dix and Courtney Harashe of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0180.

--Glenna Combs of Michigan, a laborer for Enamelum from 1967 though 1968, an assembler atDeDoes from 1972 until 1989 and a laborer at Hughes Manufacturing from 1996 until 1997, claims mesothelioma. She claims she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her father's work at Stainless Steel of America.Combs is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0163.

--John Esayian ofWisconsin, a pin setter, janitor's helper, laborer, drafter, deaner and coroner at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1946 until 1997, claims mesothelioma. He was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked as a core maker and laborer inMilwaukee from 1930 until 1967, according to the complaint. Esayian is represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0186.

--Frank Gallo ofCalifornia, a laborer, assembly line worker, grocery store manager, car salesman and car lot owner at various locations from 1954 until 2006, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 08-L-0175.

--John Gant ofTexas, a laborer and carpenter at various locations throughoutIllinois,Texas andMississippi from the 1950s until the 1990s, claims mesothelioma. Gant is represented by John A. Barnerd and Randy S. Cohn of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0187.

--Kathryn George ofWisconsin, a nurse, nurse's assistant and mail sorter at various locations from 1959 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. She is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0173.

--Phyllis Gray ofIllinois claims colon cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Billy W. Gray, who worked from 1953 until 1986 as a painter at various locations. Phyllis Gray is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0172.

--Jill Halter ofVirginia claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased father, Edmund Milauckas, who worked from 1950 until 1995 as an engineer and consultant at various locations throughoutIllinois. Halter is represented by Brian J. Cooke and Drew Sealey of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0184.

--Marjorie Horsley ofKentucky claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased father, Donald Horsley, who worked from 1953 until 2008 as a maintenance worker, laborer, utility worker and owner of a grocery store at various locations. Marjorie Horsley is represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0179.

--Mildred Jordan ofFlorida claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Ernest Jordan, who worked from 1957 until 1978 as an electrician at various locations. Mildred Jordan is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0171.

--Margaret Machingo ofVirginia claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased father, Wayne Cupp, who worked from 1967 until 1997 as a machinist at various locations. Machingo is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0169.

--Dixie McPherson of Virginia claims her recently deceased husband, Edward McPherson, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer from 1944 until 1986. Dixie McPherson is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0159.

--George Mikkola ofMassachusetts, a landscaper, computer system specialist and computer programmer from 1968 until 2008, claims mesothelioma. George Mikkola is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0161.

-Peter and Erma Nikkila ofMissouri claim Peter Nikkila developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer from 1957 until 2006. The Nikkilas are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0183.

--Tom J. O'Connor ofIllinois claims his recently deceased father, John J. O'Connor,developed mesotheliomaafter his work as an engineer and general foreman from 1962 until 1980. Tom J. O'Connor is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0158.

--Genevieve Robinson ofWashington claims her recently deceased husband, Alfred J. Robinson Jr., developed mesothelioma after his work from 1956 until 2004 as a roofer, riverter, carpenter, laborer, mechanic, machinist and engineer at various locations. Genevieve Robinson is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper of East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0160.

--Terry and Kay Stephens ofMichigan claim Terry Stephens developed mesothelioma after his work as a fireman, boiler tender, laborer, boiler, turbine operator and maintenance man at various locations throughoutIllinois,Indiana andMichigan. The Stephens are represented by John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0181.

--William Sternberger ofIndiana claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased wife, Geraldine Sternberger, who worked from 1960 until 1962 as a dental assistant. William Sternberger is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0170.

--Frances Tinsley ofMichigan, a postal worker, sterilizer, cleaning service worker, security guard and clerk from 1968 until this year, claims mesothelioma. She is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0157.

--Helen Wallace ofMissouri claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Dale Edwin Wallace, who worked at Ford Motor, Olin Glass and McDonnel Douglas. Helen Wallace is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0177.

--Therese Brown-Wright ofIndianaclaims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Larry Wright, who worked from 1966 until 2000 as a brakeman and laborer at various locations throughoutIllinois. Brown-Wright is represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0185.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

16 new asbestos claims filed Feb. 16-20 inMadisonCounty
2/26/2009 7:30 AM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 16 new asbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Feb. 16 through Feb. 20.

The following claims were filed:

--Larry and Sharon Garvin ofTexas claim Larry Garvin developedmesothelioma after his work as a laborer in the U.S. Navy from 1957 until 1962, a trainman at Santa Fe Railroad in 1962 and a switchman at Katy Railroad from 1962 until 2000. The Garvins are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0125.

--David W. Gauthier ofColorado, a laborer for U.S. Steel from 1970 until 1976, a laborer for ABI Contractor from 1974 until 1976, a laborer and mechanic operator for Chinook Pipeline from 1976 until 1985, an operator and foreman for Balnret Construction from 1985 until 1987 and an operator for Phoenix Demolition Company from 1995 until 2007, claims lung cancer. Gauthier is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowald of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0133.

--Michael D. and Paulette Guye ofArizona claim Michael Guye developed mesothelioma after his work as a parts delivery person at a Ford dealership in 1963, as a laborer and join at the Newport New Shipbuilding and Drydock facility from 1963 until 1966, as a radiological technician from 1968 until 1971 and as a purchasing agent from 1972 until 2005. Michael Guye was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father's work as a laborer and joiner from 1951 until 1966, according to the complaint. The Guyes are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0124.

--Eileen Harry ofVirginia claims her recently deceased husband, Mark Harry, developed mesothelioma after his work from 1945 until 1997 as an engineer and a laborer at various locations throughoutIllinois,California andWashington. Eileen Harry is represented by John A. Barnerd and Amy E. Garrett of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0151.

--Christine Hartsock ofNorth Carolina claims her recently deceased husband, Randall Hartsock, developed mesothelioma after his work from 1970 until 1989 as a clerk and carpet and flooring installer at various locations throughoutIllinois,Pennsylvania andNorth Carolina. Christine Hartsock is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0145.

--Bobby Joe Holder ofIllinois, a caster, brass worker, furnace chipper and mold repairman from 1969 until 2008 at various locations throughoutIllinois,claims asbestosis. Holder is represented by John A. Barnerd and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0135.

--Joyce Hunter ofIndiana claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Paul Hunter, who was asteel mill laborer from 1964 until 1986. Joyce Hunter is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0150.

--James Jump of Indiana, a cement mason and laborer from 1945 until 1998 at various locations throughoutIllinois,Alabama and Louisians, claims mesothelioma. Jump is represented by Christoher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd ofEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0144.

-Victor F. Nelson ofIllinois, a worker for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and for Construction Supply Retail at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1959 until 1994,claims mesothelioma. He is represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0149.

--Wanda and Larry Paul ofOhio claims Wanda Paul developed mesothelioma after her work as a laborer at Owens Corning and as a laborer at Westinghouse from 1974 until 1986. The Pauls are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0148.

--George O. Pursley ofOhio, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1940 until 1946, worked as a laborer at a lumber yard from 1948 until 1951, at theU.S. postal service from 1970 until 1989 and as a barber from 1951 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. Pursley is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0134.

--Lynne Quintana ofColorado claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Jose Quintana, who worked from 1961 until 1995 as a laborer and pipefitter at various locations throughoutIllinois,Colorado,Oklahoma andMontana. She is represented by John A. Barnerd and Amy E. Garrett of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0152.

--James F. Ross ofTexas, a worker at Scott Air Force Base, a clutch replacer on several family cars, a building remodeler, a gas station owner and a brake and maintenance man, claims lung cancer. He is represented by James F. Kelly and Jeffery A.J. Miller of Brent Coon and Associates. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0147.

--Michael L. Stephens ofKentucky claims the recently deceased John M. Stephens developed mesothelioma after his work from 1972 until 1993 in the U.S. Navy. Michael L. Stephens is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0137.

--Patty L. Stuck of Missouri, a former cook at Kmart, an assistant and clerk typist at Central Assurety from 1959 until 1960, a wireman from 1961 until 1964, a cake supply seller, an ammo packer from 1981 until 2000 and a helper and sweeper in 1965, claims mesothelioma. Patty L. Stuck also was exposed to asbestos fibers through her deceased husband, Thomas Stuck, who worked as a machinist from 1965 until 1990 and as a shade tree mechanic from the 1950 until the 1970s, according to the complaint. Patty L. Stuck is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0129.

--Angela Thomas ofIllinois claims her recently deceased mother, Francis Bates, developed mesothelioma after her work as a cashier at Huff Gas Stations-Phillips 66 in 2008, as a harness wirer from 2006 until 2007, as an order selector from 2002 until 2006, as a cab driver for City Cab Company from 2001 until 2002, as welder from the early 1960s until 2001, as a shade tree mechanic from the 1960s until the 1980s and as a carpenter and drywaller from 1968 until 1969. Thomas is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines and R. Craig Bullock of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will be serving of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0139.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

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10 new asbestos cases filed Feb. 2-6
2/13/2009 3:55 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 10 new asbestos suits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of Feb. 2 through Feb. 6.

The following claims were filed:

--Malcolm and Josephine Beasley claims Malcolm developedmesothelioma after his work as a production worker, shaft roller, serviceman, curved hoses worker, yarn spinner, raw material supplier, worker in the transportation department, truck driver, jointer department worker and brake and clutch worker from 1959 until 1995. The Beasleys are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock, J. Kyle Beale and Sara A. Morton of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0089.

--Helen J. Dunne-Dunajski ofMichigan, a secretary, accounting clerk and part-time bookkeeper at Paragon Oil Refinery from 1950 until 1980, claims mesothelioma. In addition to her work, Dunne-Dunajski alleges she was also exposed to asbestos fibers from 1921 until 1941 through her father, who worked asa maintenance man for a high-rise apartment building and who performed home repair and maintenance, according to the complaint. She was also exposed through her husband, Vincent Dunne, who worked as an industrial chemist from 1942 until 1956 and as industrial chemist and metallurgist from 1956 through the 1970s, the suit states. Dunne-Dunajski is represented by Elizabeh V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenbert, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0091.

--Alton Echols of Alabama, a construction laborer and carpenter, service station attendant and mechanic and brick mason at various locations throughoutAlabama from 1944 until 1987, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0079.

--Richard and Patti Gilberg ofWisconsin claim Richard developed mesothelioma after his work at a salvage yard doing derailment work and after his work at lumbar yards. Richard Gilberg was also exposed through his father who worked as a trackman and road master, according to the complaint. The Gilbergs are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0083.

--Samuel and Arolone Gurtner ofWisconsin claim Samuel developed mesothelioma after his work from 1952 until now as a laborer, sign installer, sheet metal worker, owner of Top O' The Morning and volunteer fireman. The Gurtners are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0086.

--Edwin and Evelyn Johnson of Oklahoma claim Edwin developed mesothelioma after his work from 1944 until 1946 as a laborer in the U.S. Army, from 1946 until 1948 as a machine operator at Kimball's Feed Mill, from 1948 until 1958 as a laborer at a gas station and from 1948 until 1985 as an equipment operator and foreman at Woodard County Road Commission. The Johnsons are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0084.

--Sylvia Langager ofMissouri claims mesothelioma on behalf of a recently deceased man, Thelmar Sophus "Jake" Langager, who worked from 1972 until 2008 as a truck driver, painter, plumber and laborer at various locations. Sylvia Langager is represented by Michael R. Bilbrey, Timothy P. Hulla and James R. Stever of the Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0102.

--William Oswald ofIllinois,a painter, lather, sanitation worker and truck driver at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1955 until 1989, claimsmesothelioma. He is represented by John A. Barnerd and Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0095.

--Howard M. and Viola Simmons of California claims Howard M. Simmons developed lung cancer after his work from 1943 until 1945 as a laborer in the U.S. Navy and from 1941 until 1985 as a laborer at Shell Oil. The Simmons are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0085.

--Dorothy Wooten ofIllinois claimslung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Jimmy Wooten. He worked from 1954 until 1989 as a laborer and a barber at various locations throughoutIllinois, according to the complaint. Dorothy Wooten is represented by Brian J. Cooke, Drew Sealey and Karoline Castens of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0094.

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Illinois – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

13 new asbestos cases filed Jan. 26-30
2/12/2009 12:43 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 13 new asbestos suits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of Jan. 26 through Jan. 30.

The following claims were filed:

--Lee and Betty Bowers ofKansas claim Lee developedmesothelioma after his work from 1962 until 2002 as a mechanic and truck driver at various locations throughoutIllinois. The Bowers are represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0077.

--Leroy and Norma Clark ofFlorida claim Leroy developed mesothelioma after his work from 1951 until 1992 as a laborer, carpenter, forklift operator and foreman. The Clarks are represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0066.

--Barbara Sue Dreher claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Norbert Dreher. Norbert Dreher worked as acarpenter throughoutIllinois,Missouri andKansas from 1960 until 1996, according to the complaint. Barbara Sue Dreher is represented by Perry J. Browder, John A. Barnerd and Trent B. Miracle of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0067.

--Leroy and Marjorie Ducommun ofNew Mexico claim Leroy developed multiple myeloma after serving in the U.S. Navy from 1944 until 1946 and after working as a pipefitter and welder from 1948 until 1985. The Ducommuns are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0060.

--Carl and Denise Gold ofKentucky claim Carl developed mesothelioma after working as a boilerman for the U.S. Navy from 1966 until 1972. The Golds are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0062.

--Patricia and Albert Lazowski ofIllinois claim Patricia developed mesothelioma after her work as a laborer from 1958 through the 1970s. She was also exposed to asbestos through her husband, who worked as a laborer for 23 years, according to the complaint. The Lazowskis are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0063.

--Holger Lochheed ofTexas, hotel business owner, pilot, restaurant business owner and worker, assistant general manager, general manager and delivery truck driver from 1957 until 2007, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, John A. Barnerd and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0068.

--Walter Malisani of Colorado, a machinist apprentice, machinist and maintenance worker from 1954 until 2000 inIllinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Utah, Colorado, Washington, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Indiana, Arkansas and Wisconsin, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Stephanie Lyons of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0054.

--Pat and Patricia Montgomery ofKentucky claim Pat developed mesothelioma after helping his father on a family farm from 1951 until 1957. He was also exposed to asbestos through his work as a laborer from 1958 until 1967, as a mechanic in 1964, as a plastic molder from 1967 until 1969, as a part-time laborer from 1969 until 1971, as a pipe fitter in 1971, as a mechanic and driller from 1972 until 1973, as a miner and mechanic from 1973 until 1974, as a mechanic and pipefitter from 1986 until 1999 and as a mechanical millwright from 1974 until 1982, according to the suit. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing them. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0059.

--Donald and Marlene Peters ofIllinois claim Donald Peters developed benzene related non-Hodgkins lymphoma through his work as a laborer from 1952 until 1992. The Peters are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0056.

--Estill L. and Hessie Shepherd ofMichigan claim Estill developed lung cancer after his work as a molder from 1951 until 1961, as a laborer in the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1954, as a bartender from 1961 until 1963, as a laborer from 1963 until 1965 and as a welder and fabricator from 1964 until 1999. The Shepherds are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates of Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0061.

-Christine Warner ofTennessee claims her recently deceased mother, Irene Marsh, developed mesothelioma because of her work as a sales and seamstress at House of Fashions inMemphis from 1959 until 1993. Marsh was also exposed to asbestos through her father's work on a farm from 1934 until 1945 and from his work as a lineworker for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company inMemphis from 1945 until 1952, according to the complaint. Marsh was further exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a plumber from 1952 until 1955 and as an assembly line worker and welder from 1955 until 1960, the suit states. Warner is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0055.

--Jane White ofMissouri claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Gary White. He worked from 1955 until 1965 as a boiler operator in the U.S. Navy, from 1965 until 1966 as a welder, from 1966 until 1971 as a laborer at B & H Transport, from 1971 until 1977 as a laborer at Import Auto Transport and from 1977 until 1991 as a laborer for his asphalt repair service, according to the complaint. The Whites are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0076.

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Illinois – Asbestos Company – Asbestos Related Disease

Tennessee man claims mesothelioma in suit 
11/5/2008 11:10 AM by Kelly Holleran 

 

ATennessee man and his wife have filed an asbestos suit against 111 defendant corporations, claiming themesothelioma with which the man was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Charles and Elizabeth Summey claim Charles was diagnosed with the disease July 23, according to a lawsuit filed Oct. 29 in Madison County Circuit Court.

They say Charles worked from from 1950 until 1954 in the U.S. Navy, from 1955 until 1957 as a stockman at Magnavox and from 1957 until 1992 as a machine attendant/production worker at RCA.

They state Charles's exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants, according to the lawsuit.

They claim his disease was caused after he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers. 

The Summeys allege the asbestos-related disease disabled and disfigured Charles and has caused substantial medical costs. Charles also has and will continue to experience physical pain and mental anguish, they claim in the lawsuit.

Mesothelioma hindered and prevented Charles from pursuing his normal course of employment, according to the suit. 

As a result, he lost large sums of money, the Summeys claim.

Because of the disease,Elizabeth claims she has been deprived of the companionship, society and services of Charles.

In the 11-count lawsuit, the couple is seeking sums in excess of $100,000, punitive and exemplary damages in excess of $100,000, economic damages in excess of $150,000, compensatory damages in excess of $150,000, and for other relief the Court deems appropriate.

They also seek punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish Ferris Kimball Company, LLC, Sprinkmann Sons Corporation, Sprinkmann Insulation, Inc., and Young Insulation Group ofSt. Louis for their misconduct and to deter similarly situated parties from committing like acts in the future.

They are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates inAlton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 08-L-1016.

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Illinois -Transite Plant Worker – $3.4 Million Mesothelioma Verdict

California jury awards $3.4M in asbestos case

By Tooher, Nora
Publication: LawyersUSA 
Date: Friday, July 31 2009 

ASan Francisco jury deliberated one day before finding a Canadian company liable for exposing a deceased former Johns-Manville Transite plant worker to asbestos.

Richard Worthley Sr., aVietnam veteran, worked in the plant inWaukegan,Illinois. from May 1968 to 1984, when it closed.

to southernCalifornia and worked as a maintenance mechanic and service technician until 2004, when he wasdiagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

The defendant in the case, Advocate Mines of Newfoundland,Canada, argued that it had stopped supplying asbestos to the plant 13 months before Worthley began working there, and denied liability for any asbestos exposure.

But Plaintiffs' attorney James Nevin told jurors that Worthley - who held several jobs at the plant as a painter, production planner and millwright - was exposed to dust from raw asbestos fiber on a daily basis.

The fiber he was exposed to was used to make asbestos-cement pipe, and it included fiber supplied by Advocate Mines that remained in the plant, Nevin said.

In addition to being exposed to asbestos by working in the contaminated plant, one of Worthley's jobs was to clean and repair manufacturing and dust-collection equipment in the factory, including the ventilators.

"All those activities exposed Mr. Worthley to asbestos dust, including from Advocate Mines Limited," Nevin said.

Chrysotile safety debated

The two main issues during the six-week trial were whether Worthley was exposed to asbestos dust at the plant, and whether the asbestos from Advocate Mines caused his mesothelioma.

Defense attorney John Graniez argued that there wasn't enough of Advocate Mine's asbestos left in the plant to be harmful by the time Worthley started working there.

"Common sense will tell you that none of Advocate Mine's asbestos could have contributed to that guy's mesothelioma," Graniez said.

A secondary defense argument was that even if a minor amount of Advocate Mine's asbestos was left in the plant, it was a form of asbestos - Chrysotile - that was not as hazardous as other forms.

Both arguments failed.

"The jury wasn't buying any of it," Nevin commented.

Plaintiffs' experts included Kenneth Cohen, an industrial hygienist fromEl Cajon,Calif.; a pulmonatory pathologist, an epidemiologist and an asbestos detection expert.

They all testified that scientific literature andU.S. safety standards "are all very consistent [in stating] that all types of asbestos cause mesothelioma," Nevin said.

Advocate Mines "supplied its defective asbestos fiber without any warnings or any other reasonable care to avoid injuries to others," he added.

In a statement, Nevin said that the plaintiffs "demonstrated to the jury that it was the total dose of asbestos that Mr. Worthley was exposed to at the Johns-Manville plant, including resuspended asbestos fiber from Advocate Mines Limited, that contributed together to cause his mesothelioma and death."

During cross-examination, Nevin confronted defense experts with articles by 52 mainstream scientists confirming that Chrysotile asbestos causes mesothelioma.

On July 22, the 12 jurors unanimously held that Advocate Mines was liable for negligence, defective design and failure to warn. They awarded $877,750 in economic damages and $2.5 million in non-economic damages. However, Advocate Mines was held liable only for 5 percent of Worthley's non-economic damages.

The jury didn't find anyone liable for the other 95 percent. But many other defendants already settled in this case - for both personal injury and wrongful death claims - for a total of $1.5 million. Advocate Mines was the only defendant to go to trial.

UnderCalifornia law, the company is jointly and severally liable for the economic damages, but only liable for its share of fault for the non-economic damages.

That means the judge applied the 5 percent "at fault" determination to the $2.5 million in non-economic damages, making Advocate Mines liable for $125,000 of that amount.

In awarding economic damages, the judge will consider the economic damages awarded at trial, thesettlements from other defendants and Advocate's liability in calculating a figure.

Graniez believes economic damages will amount to about $628,000, for a total award of $753,000, plus costs. Nevin expects the final amount will be closer to $800,000.

"The plaintiffs will never be made completely whole," Nevin said. "This is one of the harsh realities of the legacy of asbestos exposure to American workers. They and their families are rarely fully compensated."

Graniez said that post-trial motions are scheduled for Sept. 11, at which time the judge will determine economic damages.

Plaintiffs' attorney: James Nevin of Brayton & Purcell inNovato,Calif.

Defense attorneys: John Graniez and Suzanne Golden of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith inLos Angeles.

The case: Worthley v. Advocate Mines; July 22, 2009; Superior Court,San Francisco,Calif., Judge Tomar Mason.

Credit: Nora Tooher

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 Illinois – Asbestos Exposure – Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Illinois Supreme Court says asbestos defendant can show other exposures

By Murphy, Pat
Publication: LawyersUSA
Date: Monday, April 20 2009

Aproduct liability defendant should have been allowed to introduce evidence of other potential sources of asbestos that may have caused aworker's fatal mesothelioma, theIllinois Supreme Court has ruled in granting a new trial.

The plaintiff's husbanddied from mesothelioma. She sued the defendant

for wrongful death, alleging that her husband's illness was caused by exposure to asbestos used in boilers manufactured by the company.

The defendant sought to introduce evidence showing that during his lifetime of work, the plaintiff's husband had also been exposed toasbestos products made by eleven other companies that had either settled with the plaintiff or had the claims against them dismissed.

The plaintiff argued that evidence of a decedent's exposure toasbestos products of nonparties was inadmissible under state law.

But the court disagreed.

It said that the exclusionary rule recognized by lower courts in this case "conflicted with our well-settled rules of tort law that the plaintiff exclusively bears the burden of proof to establish the element of causation through competent evidence, and that a defendant has the right to rebut such evidence and to also establish that the conduct of another causative factor is the sole proximate cause of the injury."

Illinois Supreme Court. Nolan v. Weil-McClain, No. 103137. April 16, 2009. LawyersUSA No. 993-672.

LawyersUSA Credit: Pat Murphy

 
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Illinois – $2.6 Million Mesothelioma Verdict

 

McLeanCounty jury awards $2.6 million in 2006 asbestos death case

Pantagraph staff | Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2009 12:00 am

 

BLOOMINGTON - AMcLeanCounty jury awarded $2.6 million Wednesday to family members of a woman who died as a result of an asbestos-related ailment.

Jean Holmes died in April 2006 of mesothelioma. Roger and John Holmes, sons of the 93-year-old women, were represented in the three-week trial byBloomington lawyers James Wylder and Lisa Corwin with Wylder Corwin Kelly LLP.

 

According to court records, Jean Holmes was exposed to asbestos when she laundered clothing belonging to her husband, Donald Holmes, who worked atBloomington's Union Asbestos and Rubber Company, later known as UNARCO Industries, in 1962 and 1963.

 

Lawyers for the Holmes' family argued that she was never warned of the dangers of asbestos. The jury deliberated about 2 1/2 hours.

 

Wylder and Corwin argued that defendants Pneumo Abex LLC and Honeywell International Inc., through their corporate predecessors, Abex and Bendix, conspired with other companies, including UNARCO, Johns-Manville, Raybestos-Manhattan, Owens-Illinois, Owens Corning and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, to suppress information about the hazards of asbestos.

Employees and customers were not cautioned about the dangers of the substance, the lawyers said.

Posted in News on Thursday, March 5, 2009 12:00 am Updated: 2:00 pm.

 

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Illinois – $850,000 Mesothelioma Verdict

Woman Awarded $850,000

Nov 29, 2006 | AP

 

AMcLeanCounty jury has awarded 850-thousand dollars to a woman whose  husband died from a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

The award for Judith Blessing is the thirdMcLeanCounty lawsuit in 14 months won by plaintiffs accusing a company of conspiring to hide asbestos dangers.

The plaintiff's attorney, said Judith's husband Robert Blessing first experienced symptoms of mesothelioma in June 2005 and died in December 2005.

He worked as a builder and inspector at Union Asbestos and Rubber Company'sBloomington plant from 1953 to 1960.

The jury yesterday ordered Honeywell International Incorporated to pay 150-thousand dollars in damages and 700-thousand dollars in wrongful death damages.

Jury awards in three lawsuits against Honeywell have totaled more than eleven (M) million dollars.

 

Associated Press

 
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Illinois – Asbestos Related Deaths

L.A. Tops Nation In Asbestos-Linked Deaths

Mar 4, 2004 |Los Angeles Daily News

 

Los AngelesCounty has more asbestos-related deaths than anywhere else in the country, and the incidence of illness caused by the mineral is expected to rise over the next 20 years, a report released today says.

The report by the Environmental Working Group estimated that 1,227 county residentsdied of asbestos-related illness from 1979 to 2001, slightly more than the 1,051 inCookCounty,Illinois., which encompasses theChicago area. Nationwide, some 10,000 peopledied of asbestos-related disease in 2002.

Experts saidLos Angeles' large population, plus the widespread asbestos use in the shipping industry and post-World War II construction, help explain the county's high death figures.

"We were just floored when we looked at the deaths from this substance," said Richard Wiles, senior vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based environmental group. "We need to think of this as a 50-year problem because we still haven't banned asbestos.

Asbestos fibers can become embedded in the lungs and cause asbestosis essentially, scar tissue in the lungs or a usually fatal form of cancer called mesothelioma. Not all people exposed to asbestos become ill, but even small amounts can cause mesothelioma.

Until its dangers became well-known, asbestos was commonly used in construction and insulation materials and as a fire retardant. Its use peaked in the mid-1970s, when there were more than 3,000 asbestos-laced products on the market, though there were few safeguards for workers and their families exposed to asbestos dust.

Even today, asbestos is used in some cement pipes, vinyl floor tiles, duct insulation, floor backing and decorative plaster.

Cancer and other diseases linked to asbestos can remain dormant for 20 to 50 years, meaning people who worked with the fibers before safeguards were phased in during the 1970s could still develop potentially fatal illnesses.

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has proposed the creation of a trust fund, financed by asbestos manufacturers and insurance companies, to handle lawsuits filed by asbestos victims and their families without bankrupting businesses.

Insurance companies anticipate $120 billion in asbestos claims worldwide and have pushed for national legislation to cut litigation, streamline the compensation process and set aside money to help people diagnosed with asbestos diseases.

"We know that 90 percent of current claimants have no signs of illnesses, but they are trying to get in before all these companies go bankrupt," said Peter Moraga, spokesman for the Insurance Information Network of California.

Already, some 70 companies have filed for bankruptcy protection.

Michelle Harrington has filed a $100,000 claim against W.R. Grace, which declared bankruptcy in 2001, in part because of damages awarded in wrongful-death suits stemming from its mine inLibby,Mont., where some 200 townspeople died from asbestos-related diseases.

The owner of Harrington Tools is seeking to be reimbursed for having to clean up asbestos contamination in theWest San Fernando Road building she bought in 1992 a structure previously owned by a company that processed more than 100,000 tons of insulation, using asbestos from the Libby mine.

"Not being my responsibility or my fault, I was absolutely furious," Harrington said. "Private companies cannot be held responsible or accountable for something they never did."

California toxicologists are analyzing historical cancer and cause-of-death data in the neighborhood around theWest San Fernando Road plant as part of a national study of plants that processed the Libby material potentially discovering a new group of victims who might seek compensation.

 

|Los Angeles Daily News
 
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Illinois - $2 Million Asbestos Verdict

 

$2 million awarded in local asbestos case

Former city man blames cancer on products used in odd jobs

By CHRIS DETTRO

THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER

Posted Aug 17, 2009 @ 11:29 PM

Last update Aug 18, 2009 @ 12:40 AM

ASangamon County jury last week awarded a formerSpringfieldpostal worker and part-time handyman $2 million at the conclusion of an asbestos-exposure trial.

William Willis, who lived most of his life in theWilliamsvillearea and on Springfield’s north end, was a night-shift U.S. Postal Service employee from 1966 until retiring in 1992. He testified during the 3 /2-week trial before Circuit Judge Pete Cavanagh that he did various odd jobs during the day, including truck and bus driving and home construction and repair in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

Willis alleged in his suit that he had used asbestos-containing pipe manufactured by CertainTeed Corp. and asbestos-containing joint compound made by Bondex International Inc. and Georgia-Pacific Corp., among others. Asbestos was phased out of the products in 1977.

Willis, now 69 and living in Arkansas, alleged that he had developed incurable pleural mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining, as a result of exposure to the asbestos. He said in his suit that the products contained no warnings concerning the asbestos content, and if there were warnings, they were inadequate.

The jury found Bondex International alone liable and awarded Willis $1.5 million in damages and his wife, Sharon Willis, $500,000 for loss of consortium. It found CertainTeed and Georgia-Pacific not to be negligent. 

The defendants argued that Willis had used their products decades ago and was mistaken about which products he actually used. Their attorneys also argued that the amount of asbestos in the defendants’ products wasn’t enough to harm, and that there was no known cause for Willis’ mesothelioma.

Other defendants either settled with Willis or were dismissed from the case prior to the verdict.
Stephen Kaufmann of the Springfield office of HeplerBroom LLC, along with other HeplerBroom colleagues, represented Georgia-Pacific, one of the three defendants who remained through trial.

“I think the jury heard a very complex case and returned a verdict that was supported by the evidence and brought justice to Mr. And Mrs. Willis,” said Jack Davis of Davis Law Offices LLC in Springfield, a member of Willis’ legal team.

Davis also praised the way Cavanagh handled the trial.

“The courtroom can be a very tough atmosphere, and when you have a level-headed, even-tempered judge who is fair to both sides, it makes the lawyers’ jobs so much easier,” he said. 

Willis’ pretrial motion asking to add a claim for punitive damages was denied.

The jury award is subject to a reduction of $1.4 million due to prior settlement amounts.

Chris Dettro can be reached at 788-1510.

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Illinois - Mesothelioma Death Lawsuit

16 new asbestos cases filed in Madison County Sept. 21-25
10/9/2009 2:23 PM ByKelly Holleran 

A total of 16 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Sept. 21 through Sept. 25.

The following complaints were filed:

--Mary Bertrand of Ontario alleges the recently deceased Robert Bertrand developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborerand insulator at various locations throughoutIllinois and Canada from 1969 until 2008. Mary Bertrand will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page of Saville and Flint in Alton.Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1003.

--Robert and Isabelle Bullock of Ohio claim Robert Bullock developed mesothelioma after his work as a teacher, minister, bus driver, toll booth operator and self-employed operator of various camps and resorts throughout Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania and New York from 1950 until 2005. The Bullocks will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1004.

--Walter Cain, a member of the U.S. Navy from 1967 until 1971 and from 1975 and 1977 and a worker at various other jobs until 2007, claims mesothelioma. Cain will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville and Flint in Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1017.

--Bruce Klabunde of North Dakota claims his recently deceased mother, Elizabeth Klabunde, developed mesothelioma after her work as a receptionist and home remodeler at various locations from 1970 until 1979. Bruce Klabunde will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1011.

--Gerald and Kathleen LaBathe of Texas claim Gerald LaBathe developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army in 1951 and in the National Guard from 1954 until 1974. Gerald LaBathe was also a member of the Asbestos Workers' Local 34 and worked in numerous refineries and chemical plants, according to the complaint. The LaBathes will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1018.

--Dolores Molloy ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Joseph Molloy, developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician and mechanic at various locations from 1948 until 1985. Dolores Molloy will be represented by Nate Mudd of French and Mudd in St. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1025.

--Fabian Moyano claims his recently deceased father, Guillermo Moyano, developed mesothelioma after his work as a superintendent from 1970 until 1979. Fabian Moyano will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1010.

--Dexter Napier of Georgia, a laborer at various locations from 1961 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Napier will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1012.

--Donald Pattison claims recently deceased Arthella Pattison developed mesothelioma after her work at St. Johns and Orvid-Elsie schools. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Reo Ivan Pattison, who worked as a press operator. Donald Pattison will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Andrew J. Balcer of Saville and Flint in Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1026.

--Adriana M. Perez of Florida, a laborer at ABC Print Shop in Miami from 1964 until 1979, a laborer at Haiti from 1964 until 1968, an office worker at Nikki Lu in the 1980s and a secretary at a doctor's office in 1985, claims mesothelioma. Perez claims she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a maintenance worker at a foundry, according to the complaint. Perez will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1002.

--Richard W. and Geraldine F. Reeves of Indiana claim Richard W. Reeves developed mesothelioma after his work as a seaman in the U.S. Navy from 1955 until 1958, as a bill collector for various credit and accounting firms from 1958 until 1970 and as a boilermaker for various employees through the international Boilermaker Union from 1970 until 1995. Richard W. Reeves was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who was a millwright for various employers from 1947 until 1955, according to the complaint. Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing the Reeves. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1005.

--Ella D. Ridout of Texas claims her recently deceased husband, Thomas G. Ridout, developed lung cancer after his work as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1971 until 1973, as an iron worker, welder and crane operator for various construction companies from 1974 until 1994, as a general foreman for Martin K. Eby from 1994 until 1995, as a general foreman for H.B. Zachry from 1995 until 2001, as a superintendent for Wanzek Construction from 2005 until 2006 and as a general foreman and general superintendent for Fluor. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1006.

--Anne M. Schmuhl of Ohio claims her recently deceased father, Julius M. Storti, developed mesothelioma after his work with Transformer Engineering Corp. from 1943 until 2006. Schmuhl will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1014.

--Danielle Taurmina of New York claims her recently deceased stepfather, Mario Bosio, developed mesothelioma after his work as a civil engineer and a home remodeler at various locations from 1978 until 1979. Taurmina will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1013.

--Maurice Wintermann ofIllinois, a boilermaker, janitor and laborer at various locations from 1950 until 1990, claims mesothelioma. Wintermann will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Neilson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm in St. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1009.

--John J. Worthen ofIllinois, a bricklayer for Worthen Brick Construction Company from 1971 until 1976, a bricklayer for Coppers in 1974, a bricklayer for Ser-Steel from 1976 until 1977 and a bricklayer for National Steel and US Steel from 1977 until now, claims lung cancer. Worthen will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1015

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Illinois - Mesothelioma Death Lawsuit

16 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountySept. 21-25
10/9/2009 2:23 PM ByKelly Holleran 

A total of 16 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Sept. 21 through Sept. 25.

The following complaints were filed:

--Mary Bertrand ofOntario alleges the recently deceased Robert Bertrand developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborerand insulator at various locations throughoutIllinois andCanada from 1969 until 2008. Mary Bertrand will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page of Saville andFlint inAlton.Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1003.

--Robert and Isabelle Bullock ofOhio claim Robert Bullock developed mesothelioma after his work as a teacher, minister, bus driver, toll booth operator and self-employed operator of various camps and resorts throughoutIllinois,Missouri,Pennsylvania andNew York from 1950 until 2005. The Bullocks will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1004.

--Walter Cain, a member of the U.S. Navy from 1967 until 1971 and from 1975 and 1977 and a worker at various other jobs until 2007, claims mesothelioma. Cain will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1017.

--Bruce Klabunde ofNorth Dakota claims his recently deceased mother, Elizabeth Klabunde, developed mesothelioma after her work as a receptionist and home remodeler at various locations from 1970 until 1979. Bruce Klabunde will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1011.

--Gerald and Kathleen LaBathe ofTexas claim Gerald LaBathe developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army in 1951 and in the National Guard from 1954 until 1974. Gerald LaBathe was also a member of the Asbestos Workers' Local 34 and worked in numerous refineries and chemical plants, according to the complaint. The LaBathes will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1018.

--Dolores Molloy ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Joseph Molloy, developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician and mechanic at various locations from 1948 until 1985. Dolores Molloy will be represented by Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1025.

--Fabian Moyano claims his recently deceased father, Guillermo Moyano, developed mesothelioma after his work as a superintendent from 1970 until 1979. Fabian Moyano will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1010.

--Dexter Napier of Georgia, a laborer at various locations from 1961 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Napier will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1012.

--Donald Pattison claims recently deceased Arthella Pattison developed mesothelioma after her work atSt. Johns and Orvid-Elsie schools. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Reo Ivan Pattison, who worked as a press operator. Donald Pattison will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Andrew J. Balcer of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1026.

--Adriana M. Perez of Florida, a laborer at ABC Print Shop in Miami from 1964 until 1979, a laborer at Haiti from 1964 until 1968, an office worker at Nikki Lu in the 1980s and a secretary at a doctor's office in 1985, claims mesothelioma. Perez claims she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a maintenance worker at a foundry, according to the complaint. Perez will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1002.

--Richard W. and Geraldine F. Reeves of Indiana claim Richard W. Reeves developed mesothelioma after his work as a seaman in the U.S. Navy from 1955 until 1958, as a bill collector for various credit and accounting firms from 1958 until 1970 and as a boilermaker for various employees through the international Boilermaker Union from 1970 until 1995. Richard W. Reeves was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who was a millwright for various employers from 1947 until 1955, according to the complaint. Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing the Reeves. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1005.

--Ella D. Ridout of Texas claims her recently deceased husband, Thomas G. Ridout, developed lung cancer after his work as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1971 until 1973, as an iron worker, welder and crane operator for various construction companies from 1974 until 1994, as a general foreman for Martin K. Eby from 1994 until 1995, as a general foreman for H.B. Zachry from 1995 until 2001, as a superintendent for Wanzek Construction from 2005 until 2006 and as a general foreman and general superintendent for Fluor. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1006.

--Anne M. Schmuhl ofOhio claims her recently deceased father, Julius M. Storti, developed mesothelioma after his work with Transformer Engineering Corp. from 1943 until 2006. Schmuhl will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1014.

--Danielle Taurmina ofNew York claims her recently deceased stepfather, Mario Bosio, developed mesothelioma after his work as a civil engineer and a home remodeler at various locations from 1978 until 1979. Taurmina will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1013.

--Maurice Wintermann ofIllinois, a boilermaker, janitor and laborer at various locations from 1950 until 1990, claims mesothelioma. Wintermann will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Neilson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1009.

--John J. Worthen ofIllinois, a bricklayer for Worthen Brick Construction Company from 1971 until 1976, a bricklayer for Coppers in 1974, a bricklayer for Ser-Steel from 1976 until 1977 and a bricklayer for National Steel and US Steel from 1977 until now, claims lung cancer. Worthen will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1015

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Illinois - Mesothelioma Lawsuit

 

First Mesothelioma Case of 2006 Filed inMadisonCounty

Jan 8, 2007 | Newsinferno.com

 

A woman diagnosed with mesothelioma filed a lawsuit against 104 defendants inMadison County Circuit Court Jan. 3. The woman claims she was exposed to asbestos from her father’s clothing. Her father was employed as a carpenter, maintenance worker and stationary engineer at various locations across the country. The woman was diagnosed with mesothelioma on August 31, 2006.

The lawsuit states that, “Dust created by working with and around asbestos and asbestos-containing products would permeate the person and clothing of the plaintiff’s father,” “This dust contained asbestos fiber.” The suit alleges that defendants failed to require and advise their employees of hygiene practices designed to reduce or prevent carrying asbestos fibers home.

“It was foreseeable to a reasonable person/entity in the respective positions of defendants, that said documents and information constituted evidence, which was material to potential civil litigation-namely asbestos litigation,” the complaint states.

She claims that as a result of each defendant breaching its duty to preserve material evidence by destroying documents and information she has been prejudiced and impaired in proving claims against all potential parties.

“Plaintiff has been caused to suffer damages in the form of impaired ability to recover against defendants and lost or reduced compensation from other potentially liable parties in this litigation,” the complaint states.

“An award of punitive damages is appropriate and necessary in order to punish defendants for their willful, wanton, intentional and/or reckless misconduct and to deter defendants and others from engaging in like misconduct in the future.”

 

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Illinois - Mesothelioma Verdict

 

MESOTHELIOMA CASE ROUNDUP

March 2010

Juries have returned verdicts totaling tens of millions of dollars in three recentmesothelioma cases.

The unidentified families of twoPennsylvania men who died from the asbestos-related disease were awarded $17 million against Crane Co. andGarlock Sealing Technologies. In another case, JayneMenssen, who worked as a secretary from 1967-69 at anIllinoisasbestos fabrication facility, won a $17.87 million judgment last month againstPneumoAbex, LLC, Honeywell International and their predecessors.

In a take-home contamination case, aMaryland jury awarded Leroy Conway, Jr., 45, a total of $9.94 million for exposure to asbestos in his pre-teen years, when his father worked as an engineman on an oil tanker and carried asbestos home on his clothes. The verdict went against the ship’s owner-operator, ATTRANSCO, Inc. 

 

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Illinois – Asbestos Lawsuit

Railroad worker sues over asbestos exposure
4/12/2010 8:49 AM ByKellyHolleran 

A formerIllinoisCentral Railroad Company employee has filed suit against the company, alleging he has contracted an asbestos-related disease because of his work for the railroad.

Walter V. Duffy worked forIllinoisCentral Railroad Company from 1952 until 1995 as a fireman and engineer, according to the complaint filed March 31 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Throughout his work in and around the shops, tracks, roundhouses and yards inIllinois, Duffy was exposed to asbestos dust or fibers, the suit states.

Because of his exposure, Duffy claims he has contracted an asbestos-related disease, has suffered great pain, extreme nervousness and mental anguish and believes his illness is permanent in nature.

Duffy has also incurred medical costs, has sustained a loss of earnings, has experienced a diminished ability to render services, society, affection, counseling and support to his family and has experienced a shortened life expectancy, according to the complaint.

He also has a fear of contractingmesothelioma or another asbestos-caused cancer and has an increased risk of developing one of these diseases, the suit states.

Illinois Central Railroad Company was negligent by failing to provide Duffy with a safe place to work, by failing to furnish him with safetools,by failing to warn him of the true nature of asbestos-containing products and by failing to operate the locomotive repair facility in a safe condition, according to the complaint.

The railroad also negligently failed to provide instructions or a method for the safe use of asbestos-containing products, the suit states.

Duffy also claims Illinois Central Railroad Company was negligent by failing to provide him with safe and proper ventilation systems and by requiring employees to work with ultra-hazardous products.

The company negligently failed to periodically test Duffy to determine if he was subject to any ill effects, failed to limit access to areas where asbestos-containing products were being used, failed to provide Duffy with a separate locker for clothing worn home and failed to test products before employees used them, according to the complaint.

In his three-count suit, Duffy is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems appropriate.

He is represented by William P. Gavin of the Gavin Law Firm inBelleville, by Kip A.Harbison ofGlasser andGlasser inNorfolk and by Willard J. Moody Jr. of Moody,Strople,Kloeppel and Higginbotham inPortsmouth.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-150.

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Illinois Woman wins $17.87 million asbestos lawsuit

By Pantagraph staff | Posted: Monday, February 8, 2010 9:15 pm

BLOOMINGTON - An asbestos-exposure lawsuit yielded a $17.87 million verdict Monday in favor of a woman who worked at aBloomington factory in the 1960s.

Jayne Menssen contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos when she worked as a secretary at Union Asbestos and Rubber Co., later called Unacro Industries Inc., from 1967 to 1969, according to a statement issued by her attorney, Lisa Corwin.

The plaintiff argued the defendants, Pneumo Abex LLC and Honeywell International Inc., and their corporate predecessors knew of but failed to warn employees and customers of the hazards of asbestos.

AMcLeanCounty jury reached the verdict after deliberating one day at the end of a four-week trial.

The jury assessed compensatory damages of $3.5 million against both defendants. Also assessed were punitive damages of $4.37 million against Pneumo Abex and $10 against Honeywell.

 
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Prayer Helped Stabilize Illinois Man’s Mesothelioma Cancer

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By Claudia Loucks
Don Merten of Geneseo believes in the power of prayer. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in May and recently learned his condition had ‘stabilized.’

By Claudia Loucks -Cambridge Chronicle

Fri Jan 02, 2009, 03:58 PM CST -Geneseo,Ill. -

When Don Merten was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, he did not ask, “Why me?” but asked instead, “Why not me?”

After months of chemotherapy treatments inChicago, Merten learned just prior to Thanksgiving that his condition is “stable.” 

He said he has been able to see Christ working in his life throughout his diagnosis and his treatments. He knows he is not cured, and he knows his cancer is not the type to be considered in “remission,” but he said he has been told it is “stable,” and he believes that condition is a Christmas gift from Christ.

“I have always believed in Jesus Christ,” he said.  “When this cancer came, I felt like Jesus was giving me a second chance at life.  I can feel his presence all the time, and that is why I ask, ‘Why not me?’”

In May of this year, Merten developed a cough that he said, “just wouldn’t go away.”
“I was getting short of breath,” he explained.

After a visit to the family doctor, he was put on antibiotics.  When those didn’t help, he made a return visit to his doctor who found, from an X-ray, that Merten’s left lung was filled with fluid. 

That doctor made an appointment for him with a specialist in the Quad Cities.

That visit led to having his lung drained and the exploratory surgery that found the cancer.
Merten and his wife, Karen, are members ofGraceUnitedMethodistChurch in Geneseo, and Merten said his pastor, the Rev. John Davis was at the hospital in the Quad Cities when he received the diagnosis that he was living with a rare type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

When Rev. Davis shared the result of Merten’s exploratory surgery with his church congregation, the prayer chains were activated.

Wendy Boone, the Mertens’ daughter and also a member of Grace United Methodist, said the many prayer chain members within the church spread the word about her dad to others outside the church.

“I could feel the prayers,” Merten said. “I don’t even know how many prayer chains I was on, but it was fantastic.”

Boone, a dental hygienist, said the type of cancer her father has can be dormant for anywhere from 20 to 40 years before it ever surfaces.

“My dad was exposed to asbestos when he served in the Navy, and that was when he was 20 years old,” she said, adding that her dad is now 62.

Boone said the cancer is in the lining of her dad’s lung.

“In a healthy person, the lining of the lung is thin like a grape skin, but in my dad, it was as thick as the skin on a grapefruit,” she said. “That continues to thicken with this type of cancer and eventually keeps the lung from expanding and that is what was making it more difficult for him to breathe.”

Boone said the oncologist in the Quad Cities told the family it would be an uphill battle.  “They did not feel comfortable treating it because they had not seen many cases like his and they sent us to the University of Chicago Hospital,” she said.

Merten began his chemotherapy treatments on June 11, and he made the trip to theChicago hospital once every three weeks for 18 weeks.  Each chemotherapy treatment took about six and one-half hours.  His treatments are now 35 minutes every three weeks. He has a CAT scan every five weeks.

“The heavy rounds of chemotherapy have shrunk the cancer a total of 30 percent,” Boone said.

After not being able to work for about five months at his job in the maintenance department with the Geneseo School District, Merten is now back at work full time.

Boone said when the family first learned of her dad’s type of cancer, she was told by those in the medical field that her dad “would not be here for Christmas.”

“Shortly after we learned of my dad’s cancer, I found a Bible verse that reads, ‘Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,’ and I know all the prayers out there have helped us learn to dance.

“We believe in the power of prayer,” Boone said.  “The prayers, our faith and our hopes, along with the power of everyone else’s prayers have helped our family.  Many times we were the ones leaning on my dad because we were not strong enough and God gave him the strength to carry all of us.”

“We know we have a Christmas miracle in my dad,” she said.

The Mertens also have a son, Don, of Port Byron.

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Former Shipyard Worker Wins In Mesothelioma Trial

By Peter Dujardin,September 6, 2008

A former shipyard worker won a $4.39 million jury verdict Friday from anIllinois maker of asbestos-related parts that he asserted gave him a terminal form of cancer. John O. Koonce, 59, a former worker at Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., was awarded $4 million in compensatory damages and $390,000 in medical expenses from John Crane Inc., aMorton Grove,Ill., company. That came after a two-and-a-half week jury trial and a day of deliberations atNewport News,Virginia Circuit Court.

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Epidemiologic observations on an anatomical-pathologic and clinic case study from 1997 to 2006 - Service of Preventive Medicine

 
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Documentary on the effects of the exposed toasbestos.

 
 
 
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Produced by United Steelworkers Local 480 at theTeckCominco Smelter in Trail, BC, this hard-hitting documentary examines the devastatinghuman...

 
 
 
 
 
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