Friday, January 17, 2014
Ruling in 13-year-old case marks major shift in lead-paint decisions
By: Craig Webb - Remodeling Magazine
A California judge has ordered three companies to pay $1.1 billion to help nine cities and counties in the state remove lead paint from homes. The ruling in the 13-year-old case marks a significant turn from recent litigation that targeted manufacturers today for a product that was banned from home use in 1978.
Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg's decision, filed on Dec. 16 in a Santa Clara County court, concluded that Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries, and ConAgra violated the state's public nuisance laws by promoting the use of lead paint while they knew it was dangerous. (ARCO and DuPont also were named in the lawsuit, but Kleinberg dismissed them from liability, saying that there wasn't enough of a connection between companies they had acquired and the problem at hand.)