RI Lead Paint Hearing

Keep your eyes peeled on the Rhode Island Supreme Court today where a case involving three former lead paint manufacturers is due to be heard. It comes two years after the landmark February 2006 RI lawsuit against the three companies. Last September the state released a proposal detailing cleanup and related costs, requiring the paint manufacturers to pay out $2.4 billion to clean up 240,000 housing units (see our Monday Sept 17, 2007 posting). A decision in the case is expected this summer. We note that recent court decisions in other states, including New Jersey, Missouri, and Ohio have rejected the public nuisance legal theory on which the RI lead paint suit was based. Check out further I.I.I. info on products liability emerging exposures.

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