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Asbestos Lawsuits Name 120 Companies as Defendants

Two more asbestos suits have been added recently to the growing asbestos docket of the circuit court in St. Clair County.

The first suit was filed by John Garrigus on 13th November against 69 companies. Another one was filed by Margie Vail on 15th November which names 51 companies as defendants. She filed the suit on her recently deceased husband’s behalf.

Garrigus is a Collinsville resident, according to the suit. Vail has not specified her residing location in the lawsuit which was filed on behalf of her husband Bobby Vail. Both the plaintiffs are represented by Barry Julian and Rand Gori of Edwardsville (IL) law firm Gori Julian & Associates, PC.

According to the suits, the defendant corporations caused them or their deceased family members to contract lung cancer by exposing them to a number of asbestos-containing products all through their employments.

Garrigus worked in the United States Air Force between 1972 and 1974, the lawsuit states. Additionally, he was exposed to the deadly fibers of asbestos secondarily through the overalls of his father, who had been worked at the Clark Oil Refinery as a laborer, according to the lawsuit.

Bobby Vail was working in the United States Navy between 1948 and 1967. Between 1969 and 1989, he worked with the Navy as a mechanic and maintenance worker, the suit states.

The defendant companies should’ve known regarding the dangerous features of asbestos and the risks involved in dealing with and working close to the material, but did not exercise enough care and caution for the plaintiffs’ safety, according to the suits.

Because of their terminal asbestos-linked ailments, Margie Vail and Garrigus became physically disfigured and disabled, incurred substantial medical expenses, and suffered extreme physical pain, emotional distress and mental anguish, the complaints state. Additionally, they were prevented from going ahead with their normal employment course and subsequently lost significant amounts of money which would’ve accrued to them, the plaintiffs claim.

According to the suit, Bobby Vail passed away on 31st March, the complaint states.

In his ten-count lawsuit, Garrigus is asking for a judgement of in excess of $100000, financial damages of in excess of $150000, punitive plus exemplary damages of in excess of $50000, compensatory damages of in excess of $200000 and any other relief to which he might be entitled.

In her lawsuit, Mrs. Vail is asking for financial damages of in excess of $50000, punitive as well as exemplary damages, a judgement of in excess of $100000, compensatory damages of at least $100000 and any other relief to which she might be entitled.