After years of litigation, eight major paint manufacturers may be on the verge of having to get the lead out -- of countless public and private buildings around California, that is. The state's high court on Wednesday refused to review a ruling that OK'd a suit seeking to force manufacturers to cover the costs of abating lead paint inside and outside all types of structures. Plaintiffs lawyer Bruce Simon estimated the cleanup costs at "potentially billions of dollars."
Calif. High Court Denies Review of Lead Paint Case
June 23, 2006