Annie Cosby Jan. 3, 2014, 9:50am

The family of a man is suing manufacturing companies it believes are responsible for asbestos exposure that allegedly led to the man's lung cancer.

Valerie Grider, as special administrator of the Estate of Roy Grider, filed a lawsuit Dec. 30 in the Cook County Circuit Court against A.W. Chesterton Company, Crane Co., and several other companies.

According to the complaint, Roy Grider was diagnosed with lung cancer on Jan. 3, 2012 and died Jan. 31.

Grider accuses the defendants of manufacturing, selling, marketing or installing products that caused asbestos exposure, cancer and ultimately the death of Roy Grider. She claims a number of the defendants were aware of the effects of asbestos exposure and purposefully suppressed this information for business gain.

Grider is seeking more than $50,000 in damages and is being represented in the case by attorney James R. Hopkinson of Cooney & Conway.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2013L014575.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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