Deere & Co., other companies named in Missouri couple's suit over asbestos injury allegations

By Lhalie Castillo | May 25, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A Missouri couple alleges the husband's mesothelioma diagnosis is a result of his exposure to asbestos during his career.

Virgil H. Rehmsmeyer and Deanna K. Rehmsmeyer filed a complaint on May 15 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Allied Paint & Wallpaper Co. Inc., Deere & Co., Paccar Inc., et al. alleging negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, Virgil Rehmsmeyer was employed as a mechanic and laborer at various locations, including in Missouri, beginning in 1950. The plaintiffs allege during his career, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. The suit states that on or about March 30, he became aware that he developed mesothelioma, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. 

The plaintiffs hold Allied Paint & Wallpaper Co. Inc., Deere & Co., Paccar Inc., et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that it had toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious effect to human health and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek compensatory damages of more than $25,000, plus interest, costs and any further relief as the court may deem appropriate. They are represented by Paul M. Dix, Todd A. Nelson and Courtney Gregory of Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822-CC101606

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