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Parents of woman born with disabilities claim Motorola exposed expectant mother to harmful substances


By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 15, 2019

CHICAGO — Parents of a child born with disabilities are suing Motorola Solutions, citing alleged negligence and failure to warn and protect.

Lei Lani Forrest and Shaw Cortez filed a complaint on Feb. 7 in Cook County Circuit Court against Motorola Solutions  for alleged violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act, alleging the company failed to properly monitor workers' exposure to some or all of the chemical products and substances in the premises.

According to the complaint, in September 1971, at the time of conception and during gestation, the couple's child sustained injury as a result of her mother's exposure to chemicals and substances used in the process of manufacturing semiconductor devices at defendant's Schaumburg facility, allegedly causing her daughter to be permanently injured. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendant failed to have a reasonable reproductive health policy that included offering pregnant workers alternative work assignments free from the potential exposure.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and a sum in excess of the law division jurisdictional amount, plus costs of action. They are represented by Kevin Conway and Michael Lubeck of Cooney & Conway in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 19-L-001357.

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