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Paintmakers Win Appeal of Rhode Island Verdict

9:09 AM MDT | July 1, 2008 | Kara Sissell

The Rhode Island Supreme Court today overturned a landmark public nuisance verdict against former manufacturers of lead-based paint. The high court’s decision means the defendants—Millennium Holdings, now a subsidiary of LyondellBasell, NL Industries, and Sherwin Williams—will not be required to spend billions of dollars to remediate lead paint from homes and buildings in the state. DuPont in 2005 paid $12 million to charities involved in the state’s lead paint abatement and was dropped from the lawsuit. The jury’s 2006 ruling found...

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