A judge ruled Tuesday that Rhode Island cannot seek punitive damages against three lead paint manufacturers found liable for creating a public nuisance in that state. Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and Millennium Holdings still must pay to clean up the mess caused by lead paint, which could amount to billions of dollars. Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein will decide later exactly what the companies must do to fix the problems caused by lead paint, which was banned in the U.S. in 1978.
Judge Says R.I. Cannot Seek Punitive Damages in Lead Paint Case
The Associated Press
March 1, 2006