TAMPA — An individual is suing Air and Liquid Systems Inc., Electrolux Home Products Inc., Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and several other companies, former employers, citing alleged negligence, conspiracy, fraudulent inducement and strict liability.

Marc Killam filed a complaint on Oct. 13, in the Hillsborough Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of their workers.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, since 1973, he has worked mainly as a boiler tender with duties such as replacing asbestos fixtures, and/or worked near others who did. Consequently, in the course of his employment, he was exposed to, inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed large amounts of asbestos fibers, which was found to be manufactured, sold, distributed, installed or promoted by most of the defendants, thereby causing plaintiff to suffer from disability, medical expenses, asbestos-induced diseases and conditions and loss of earnings. 

The plaintiff holds Air and Liquid Systems Inc., Electrolux Home Products Inc., Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and several other companies responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to warn, instruct, and  conduct tests on the asbestos-containing products they were letting the workers handle and failed to provide defense in lawsuits brought for injury by the plaintiff.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for compensatory damages against the defendants in a sum in excess $15,000, costs of these proceedings, and compensation for his injuries. He is represented by Ben A. Vinson of Vinson Law LLC in Tampa.

Hillsborough Circuit Court Case number 8:16-cv-02915

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