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Former smoker blames asbestos for cancer, sues companies for liability

By Robert Hadley | Nov 2, 2015

Cancer capsule

A Cook County couple is suing more than two dozen companies, alleging liability for the husband's asbestos exposure.

Mitchell and Irene Sivertson filed a lawsuit Aug. 31 in Cook County Circuit Court against Owens-Illinois Inc., Commonwealth Edison Co., United States Steel Corp., BP Products North America, BP Corporation North America, BP Chemicals Inc., Amoco Chemical Co., Amoco Corp., BP America, BP Amoco Chemical Co., BP Amoco Corp., Union Oil Company of California, Exxon Mobil Corp., A.W. Chesterton Co., John Crane, Inc., Ingersoll-Rand Co., Gardner Denver Inc., General Electric Company, ITT Industries Inc., Spirax-Sarco Inc., Flowserve U.S. Inc., Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., CBS Corp., Zurn Industries, Nagel Pumps Inc., FMC Corp. and Gould Pumps Inc.

According to the complaint, Mitchell Sivertson, a smoker for 23 years, was exposed to asbestos during his work as a pipefitter at the defendants’ locations between 1954 and 2000. Although he was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011, the suit says it was not until 2013 that doctors linked his cancer to asbestos exposure. The plaintiffs say the defendants’ negligence led to his exposure and subsequent illness.

The Sivertsons seek more than $50,000 in damages, plus court costs. They are represented by attorneys Patrick F. Bradley and James A. Bradley of Northbrook.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015-L-008900.

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