Jury Clears Akzo Nobel In Paint Liability Suit

Law360, New York (March 12, 2015, 2:17 PM EDT) -- A Wisconsin jury delivered a win on Wednesday to Akzo Nobel Paints LLC in a suit claiming that exposure to benzene in its paint caused a former American Motor Corp. worker's death from acute cancer, finding that the company didn't negligently manufacture its paint.

After a nine-day trial, the jury found that paints made by Akzo, formerly known as Glidden Co., weren't defective as to be unreasonably dangerous and that the company wasn't negligent in making or selling the paints. Plaintiff JoAnne Schultz filed suit in 2008 against Akzo and a slew of other paint companies, who were eventually dismissed from...

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