Fresh from its victory in a Rhode Island suit against lead paint makers, plaintiffs’ powerhouse Motley Rice is prepping for a similar battle in New Jersey’s Supreme Court.

On Feb. 24, the firm handed the paint industry its first defeat in scores of lead contamination suits over two decades by showing that peeling paint is a public nuisance: an inherently hazardous condition that can be expected to attract children to touch and possibly ingest.

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