Lead Paint Cos. To Pay $1.1B To Abate Calif. Contamination

Law360, Washington (December 16, 2013, 9:47 PM EST) -- A California judge ruled that Sherwin-Williams Co. and two other lead pigment makers must shell out $1.1 billion to abate lead paint contamination in potentially millions of homes in the state, finding Monday that the companies had marketed their pigments despite being aware they were hazardous.

Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg found that the companies — ConAgra Grocery Products LLC, NL Industries Inc. and Sherwin-Williams — were aware or should have been aware of the hazards that interior use of their lead paint...
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