R.I. Judge: Lead Paint Firms Must Pay Own Legal Fees

PROVIDENCE R.I. - (AP) Three companies that sold lead-based paint and were sued by the state in a landmark case cannot recover money they spent defending themselves in the lawsuit, a judge ruled Tuesday. Rhode Island in February 2006 won a jury verdict that could have forced the three companies....

California High Court: Contingency Fee Agreements In Lead Paint Action Deficient

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) The California Supreme Court on July 26 found that contingency fee agreements between numerous California municipalities and their counsel as part of a public nuisance suit against the lead paint industry are deficient under California law ( County of Santa Clara, et al...

Millennium Holdings To Pay $8.7 Million To Settle Lead Paint Claims

SAN JOSE, Calif. - (Mealey's) The attorneys representing 15 plaintiffs, including various California municipalities, that sued the former makers of lead-based paint in state court announced June 23 that Millennium Holdings LLC will pay $8.7 million to settle the claims against the company and be...

Restoring the Lead Paint RRP Opt-Out - How Does it Affect You?

We've discussed the Lead Paint RRP requirements in the past here at Construction Law Musings. Since its passage almost a year ago, there has been a lot of debate about its necessity and cost. While this debate is interesting, I recommend a Google search on this topic for you to get all angles. I'll...

State Net Capitol Journal: California Lead Paint Ruling May Spur More Lawsuits

Over the last 25 years, public agencies across the country have failed at least 50 times to convince courts that paint manufacturers should have to foot the bill for removing lead-based paint from homes built before the federal government banned that product in 1987. But they finally succeeded last week...

California Judge Orders $1.15 Billion Fund To Remediate Lead Nuisance

SANTA JOSE, Calif. — (Mealey’s) A California judge on Jan. 8 ordered three of the defendant companies in the state’s public nuisance action against lead-paint and lead manufacturers to pay, pursuant to joint and several liability, $1.15 billion into a fund administered by the California...