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LANDLORD AND TENANT A 7-year-old girl who was left with brain damage as a result of being exposed to lead paint as an infant was awarded $2 million by a Virginia jury on April 9. Camille Small lived in an apartment in Portsmouth, Va., where allegedly she was exposed to the paint. Tests revealed lead in her blood and Camille began having developmental problems. Her family sued landlords Wallace and Florence Rich, alleging that they allowed the lead-based paint in the apartment to peel and failed to warn of its presence. The Riches argued that a contractor working on the building spread lead dust near the apartment. The judge told the jury that if it found the contractor negligent it would have to hold the landlords liable. Small v. Rich, No. L-97-1079 (Portsmouth City, Va., Cir. Ct.). PLAINTIFFS’ ATTORNEYS: Richard J. Serpe, Glasser and Glasser, Norfolk, Va.; O.L. Gilbert, Gilbert & Albiston, Norfolk DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Joseph M. Young, Hall, Fox and Atlee, Hampton, Va. Source: National Jury Verdict Reporter

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