USA: Rhode Island high court overturns verdict against paint companies for lead contamination

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2 July 2008

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

Author: Peter Lord, Providence Journal [USA]

The Rhode Island Supreme Court yesterday brought an abrupt end to the state’s nine-year campaign to force some of the nation’s major corporations to clean up the lead-based paints that the state believes poisoned tens of thousands of Rhode Island children... The court found there was no public nuisance because even though lead-based paints continue to harm children today, Sherwin Williams Inc., NL Industries and Millennium Holdings LLC [part of Access Industries] did not control their paints after they sold them generations ago... The ruling was...hailed by the American Tort Reform Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce... [also includes case history from filing in 1999 to Rhode Island Supreme Court decision in 2008]

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1 July 2008

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

Author: Eric Tucker, Associated Press

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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