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12 Companies Sued over Asbestos Death

A woman is suing 12 companies for allegedly causing her recently deceased husband to develop malignant mesothelioma by exposing him to hazardous asbestos fibers.

Mary Dunkin has filed a complaint on behalf of late Patrick Dunkin on February 7 in St. Louis Circuit Court. The suit doesn’t say where the plaintiff resides.

Mary Dunkin says the defendants exposed Patrick to asbestos-containing products all through his employment as a machinist mate and auto mechanic at different locations from 1966 to 2009. She argues the companies should have known of the dangerous features of asbestos, but failed to warn Patrick and to provide him with proper protection.

Prior to his death, Patrick became disabled and disfigured because of his fatal disease and suffered immense pain and mental anguish, the complaint says. Additionally, Patrick’s death caused his family to incur funeral expenses, and to lose large amounts of money that would have accrued to them, Mary Dunkin argues.

The four-count complaint is seeking actual and compensatory damages of more than $50,000. Additionally, Mary Dunkin is asking for punitive and exemplary damages.