Judge: Paint companies to pay Calif. cities $1.1B

December 16, 2013
Washington Post

A state judge on Monday ordered paint companies to pay 10 California cities and counties $1.1 billion to remove lead from millions of older homes.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg found that Conagra Grocery Products Co., NL Industries Inc. and the Sherwin-Williams Co. marketed paint they knew was harmful to children. Atlantic Richfield Co. and DuPont Co. were found not liable.

Kleinberg’s verdict came after a five-week trial without a jury. The companies have 15 days to object to the ruling, which the judge labeled as “tentative.”

“There is a clear and present danger that needs to be addressed,” Kleinberg wrote in his 110-page decision. “The defendants sold lead paint with actual and constructive knowledge that it was harmful.”

Lead-based paints were barred from the U.S. market in 1978, but millions of homes painted before then still pose a health risk... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)