30 Sep '13, 10am

Lawsuit Challenges Paint Makers on Lead

A California superior court judge is expected to rule by the end of the year in a 13-year-old case that could force paint manufacturers and distributors to spend $1 billion or more to clean up lead paint. According to accounts in The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times , the court battle pits seven California counties and three cities against makers and distributors of paint and pigments, including Sherwin-Williams, DuPont Co., and ConAgra Grocery Products. The plaintiffs are pursuing their claims under so-called public nuisance laws. Lead was banned in residential paint in 1978, but lead paint can still be found in older homes. The lawsuit claims lead paint can "severely and permanently" harm the mental and physical development of children, and that manufacturers promoted the paint even though they understood the risks. According to The Wall Street Journal 's Se...

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