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- Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 11:19:19 -0500
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Title: Lead paint makers are found
A landmark lawsuit in Rhode Island holds paint companies
responsible for lead contamination there.
This is an important precedent for other states to watch.
The verdict will likely result in additional funds for remediation of
According to the State of Michigan: Lead
poisoning is one of the most common environmental child health
problems and affects as many as 20,000 children under the age of
six in Michigan. If undetected, lead poisoning can cause
permanent developmental disabilities, brain damage, even death.
Children encounter lead by ingesting lead paint chips, dust from
household remodeling projects, or through lead contamination found in
water and soil."
In 2003, the Granholm Administration
launched a significant effort to reduce childhood lead poisoning
through greater coordination, testing and
Three Lead Paint Makers Are Found Guilty
By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press Writer
Three former makers of lead paint created a public nuisance that
continues to poison children, a jury decided Wednesday in the state's
landmark lawsuit against the companies.
The verdict means the companies that once made lead paint and
pigment could be held responsible for millions of dollars in cleanup
and mitigation costs, though the state never put a dollar value on its
The state argued that lead paint created a sweeping public
nuisance that has poisoned tens of thousands of children since the
early 1990s and contaminated hundreds of thousands of homes.
The sale of lead paint was banned in the United States in 1978
after studies showed it can cause serious health problems in children.
But in Rhode Island, which has an old housing stock, lead paint still
exists in many homes.
In 1999, Rhode Island became the first state to sue the lead
The state wants the companies to pay for a program that would
include home inspections, lead paint removal or abatement and public
education. It did not estimate a cost.
and from the Boston Globe
Lead paint ruling
could lead to more lawsuits, experts say
Tucker, Associated Press Writer | February 23,
R.I. --A jury's decision to hold three former lead paint makers
liable for creating a public nuisance could spark more lawsuits
nationwide and force the companies to make hugely expensive repairs,
advocates, analysts and lawyers said Thursday.
The tiniest state in
the nation broke ground Wednesday by becoming the first state to win a
lawsuit over the dangers of the companies' products. But some experts
said the win doesn't necessarily guarantee spectacular lead paint
verdicts in the future or a scenario like what happened after states
sued tobacco companies and received billions of dollars.