Man Settles Madison County Asbestos Lawsuit for $4 MillionDec 8, 2004 | AP
A man from a Chicago suburb has settled an asbestos-related lawsuit in Madison County for nearly $4 million.
The attorney for 78-year-old Luke Lindau says the Arlington Heights man developed lung cancer from exposure to asbestos when he worked as a painter and drywall supervisor.
Lindau reached the settlement with several companies, including Georgia-Pacific and Bondex.
The defendants earlier unsuccessfully tried to get a judge to transfer the case to Cook County.
Critics say Madison County, which is near St. Louis, attracts more asbestos lawsuits than any other venue. About 950 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in the county last year.