$1B Calif. Ruling Raises Prospects For Public Nuisance Suits

Law360, New York (December 17, 2013, 8:29 PM EST) -- The historic $1.1 billion judgment against three lead pigment makers in California could revive public nuisance litigation by states and municipalities nationwide, a frightening prospect for manufacturers given the lower standards of proof for plaintiffs relative to traditional product liability lawsuits.

In a tentative ruling Monday, a state judge ordered Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries Inc. and a ConAgra Foods Inc. subsidiary to fund a government-run program to address the health risks posed by lead paint in homes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and the...
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