Should paint makers pay for lead suit?

Hearings on court are getting technically savvy and this one’s webcast on May 15 will broadcast an appeal from former lead paint manufacturers, Sherwin-Williams , NL Industries and Millennium Holdings, to overturn a 2006 lead paint ruling in Rhode Island, which will force them to pay billions of dollars to clean up contaminated paint around the state.

According to this Reuters article, the paint makers are claiming that landlords should be held accountable as lead paint was banned since 1978. The use of lead paint was said to be still widespread especially in older homes in the Northeastern US.

The webcast will be of interest, Reuters said, as the court decision could influence others in several states, counties and cities where lead-poisoning lawsuits are pending.



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