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Santa Clara Superior Court

In this case attorneys brought suit against two prominent paint manufacturers for the long-term detriments of their decades of marketing lead paint.

In the cities of Oakland and San Diego, as well as San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Monterey, Solano, and Ventura counties, 4.7 million homes were built prior to the banning of lead paint in ________. Of those houses, an estimated 52 percent contain lead paint. As early as the 1890s, paint manufacturers were using the highly toxic white lead as an ingredient in their product, despite allegedly knowing of its toxicity. Lead is highly toxic, especially to young children. As it deteriorates over time, it leaves dust and paint chips that can accumulate on floors, window sills, and toys to which children are exposed. Lead poisoning causes permanent and irreversible damage to the brain and nervous system.

The state filed suit in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, naming as defendants several paint manufacturers on a public nuisance action. The defendants Atlantic Richfield Company, ConAgra Grocery Products Company, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company, NL Industries Inc., and the Sherwin-Williams Company denied all accusation of wrongdoing.

At the trial, the plaintiff brought expert medical testimony on the health effects of lead exposure, particularly on children. They also brought testimony from county employees including a county medical officer. Admissions respecting the health detriments of lead and its presence in past products was confirmed by Sherwin-Williams’ expert and other witnesses.After five weeks of trial, 13 years of litigation came to a close. Judge James Kleinberg ruled that, as there is no safe level of exposure for children, thousands of children could be considered present and potential victims of the chemical. As such, the judge ordered Sherwin-Williams, ConAgra and NL Industries, formerly known as the National Lead Co., to pay $1.1 billion to establish a state-administered fund to be used to remove the lead from homes where their products were used. A month later, that amount was increased by $50 million, for a total verdict of $________ billion.

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