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R.I. high court overturns lead paint verdict [USA]

Author: Eric Tucker, Associated Press, Published on: 1 July 2008

Rhode Island's Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a first-in-the-nation jury verdict that found three former lead paint companies responsible for creating a public nuisance, rejecting a closely watched case that had been seen as a bellwether for potential suits across the country... Rhode Island was the first state to successfully sue former makers of lead pigment and paint, which can cause learning disabilities, brain damage and other health problems in children. A jury in 2006 found Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries, Inc. and Millennium Holdings LLC [part of Access Industries] liable for creating a public nuisance by manufacturing a toxic product. [also refers to Atlantic Richfield (ARCO, part of BP)]

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Related companies: Access Industries Arco (part of BP) BP NL Industries Sherwin-Williams