Three paint manufacturers will have to spend millions of dollars in clean up costs to protect Rhode Island children from being poisoned by lead paint. This is the first time that any State has sued the paint industry for clean up costs. This week, the jury found the defendants to be a public nuisance, and next week arguments will begin on whether punitive damages should be awarded against Sherman-Williams, NL Industries, and Millennium Holdings.
Hopefully, more states will use juries to tell the paint industry to clean up its act, and our environment.
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