RI Must Pay Lead Paint Companies' Costs

Law360, New York (January 22, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled that the state must pick up the tab for costs incurred by Sherwin-Williams Co. and three other companies while complying with a court decision, since reversed, requiring them to abate lead paint contamination.

Judge Michael Silverstein ruled Thursday that the state cannot invoke the immunity doctrine to avoid reimbursing Sherwin-Williams, Millennium Holdings LLC and NL Industries Inc. over $242,000 in fees they paid to examiners to implement a lead paint contamination plan, as required by a jury in 2006....
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