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Three Companies Found Liable for Lead Paint

A Rhode Island court found Sherwin Williams Co., Millennium Holdings, and NL Industries liable in February 2006 for creating a public nuisance by making lead-based paint before it was banned in 1978. Although the judge dismissed punitive damage claims, the jury ordered the companies to abate lead-based paint on an estimated 240,000 Rhode Island homes, a process expected to cost at least $1 billion. A fourth defendant, Atlantic Richfield, was found not liable. The ruling, the paint industry’s first loss in a lawsuit of this type, could have national ramifications. “This case is hugely precedent-setting,” Jack McConnell, one of the state’s lawyers, told

The Providence Journal. “And my phone has been ringing off the hook.”

Published April 3, 2006

Boehland, J. (2006, April 3). Three Companies Found Liable for Lead Paint. Retrieved from

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