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Attack on paint industry spreads to Pennsylvania; Sherwin-Williams asks judge for help

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania will be the next battleground in historically hard-fought litigation over lead paint, as private lawyers seeking one-third of possible multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements are teaming with county officials on lawsuits.

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review California court decision over lead-based paint

By John Breslin | Oct 15, 2018

SAN JOSE - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a California decision penalizing companies involved in the lead-based paint business.

Lead paint: California exports unconstitutional public nuisance law demanding Supreme Court review

By Bonnie Campbell | Oct 8, 2018

Whether it is movies, music or fashion, California has never been short of exports to the rest of the United States. But not all its offerings are as wholesome as the Beach Boys. California’s creative reinterpretation of public nuisance law is now inspiring copycat lawsuits to victimize honest businesses around the country, most recently in a lead paint litigation threatened last week in Delaware, Lehigh, and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania.

Companies gear up for review and reversal of lead paint public nuisance case

By John Breslin | Sep 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Businesses and legal scholars are weighing in on a request that the U.S. Supreme Court review, and then overturn, a decision out of California that penalizes companies over lead-based paint, forcing them to pay potentially hundreds of millions for clean up costs.

Ohio attorney disbarred after allegedly failing to comply with probation requirements

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Ohio attorney Raymond Thomas Lee III, admitted to the bar in California more than eight years ago, faces disbarment following a California State Bar Court recommendation after he allegedly failed to comply with probation requirements.

Defendants in lead-based litigation hoping to benefit from conservative U.S. Supreme Court

By John Breslin | Jul 22, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO - Three defendants in the long running litigation over lead-based paint liability are probably hoping they will benefit from a significantly more conservative U.S. Supreme Court, according to one California-based law professor.

From Legal Newsline

Others 0 for 2, but Rhode Island joining climate change litigation anyway

By John O'Brien | Jul 5, 2018

A judge on the other side of the country has ruled that it isn’t an issue for the courts, but that is not stopping Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and the private lawyers he has hired, from suing the oil industry over alleged effects of climate change.

Flurry of bills targeting lead-based paint hazards and manufacturers. one down, one parked, four remain alive

By John Breslin | Jun 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO - A bill that would allow homeowners to pursue lead-based paint manufacturers in cases where they cannot identify the maker has been parked by its sponsor in the California State Assembly.

NL Industries settles lead paint case for $60 million; Ballot initiative on track with signature support

By John Breslin | May 27, 2018

Organizers of a ballot initiative aimed at stopping lead paint manufacturers from facing financial liability for legacy use of the product have filed enough signatures ahead of the July deadline.

Court affirms staffing agency Aerotek isn’t liable for client’s alleged failure to provide meal breaks

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The 1st Appellate District, Division of the California Court of Appeal has ruled that a temporary staffing agency doesn’t need to police its client’s meal periods.

Los Angeles man settles claims against Massage Envy

By Karen Kidd | Mar 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County man's putative lawsuit against a Marina Del Rey spa for deducting a higher amount from his bank account than he agreed to has been dismissed following an announced settlement in the case.

From Legal Newsline

Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 7, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.

The real public nuisance in California

By The Northern California Record | Feb 21, 2018

Five years ago, at the close of a 13-year public nuisance case against ConAgra, et al. in which 10 California counties sought a billion-dollar judgment for lead paint abatement, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg urged defendants to give up.

Fight not over in protracted 18-year lead paint battle; Companies will seek USSC review

By John Breslin | Feb 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO - While the California Supreme Court has refused to review an appeals court decision against three companies ordered to pay hundreds of millions for lead paint abatement, the long running fight over the deeply fractious issue is not over.

California Supreme Court denies review of public nuisance lead paint decision

By Ann Maher | Feb 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO - The Supreme Court of California has denied review of an approximate $600 million judgment that holds major paint companies responsible for remediating lead paint across the state.

AG unveils wording of lead paint ballot initiative as manufacturers ask high court for review

By John Breslin | Feb 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO - California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra has unveiled the wording of the title and summary of a ballot initiative that proposes to raise $2 billion in bonds for remediation work on homes and other buildings affected by lead paint.

Lead paint amicus: Slumlords rewarded, low-income tenants stiffed if public nuisance decision stands

By Amanda Robert | Feb 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO - As the Supreme Court of California considers whether to review a ruling that holds major paint companies responsible for remediating lead paint across the state, it will weigh several amicus letters filed by community and business organizations that also request a different outcome in the case.

Ballot initiative would provide $2 billion fund for statewide remediation of wide range of hazards

By Ann Maher | Jan 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO - A ballot initiative to fund a $2 billion bond for statewide remediation of lead paint, mold, asbestos, radon, pests, and other environmental hazards in homes, schools and senior citizen facilities will protect home values and alleviate a state housing crisis, supporters believe.

Lead paint makers lose another round In long-running, $1.1 billion California lawsuit

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 15, 2017

In ruling that three paint manufacturers have known since the early 20th Century of the danger the use of lead paint inside homes posed to children, a California appeals court has upheld the bulk of a judge’s reasoning in ordering the paint companies to pay more than $1 billion for their alleged contributions to a “public nuisance” caused by the continued presence of lead paint in old homes.

$1B 'retroactive liability' lead paint case vs paint makers could pave way for overreach, appeals panel told

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 24, 2017

Lawyers for three current and former paint manufacturers on the hook for a $1.15 billion judgment over the presence of lead paint in more than 3 million California homes have asked a California appeals court to overturn that judgment, saying the judge overreached and trespassed on legal turf more properly reserved for lawmakers, and to rule otherwise would open a virtual Pandora’s box of further judicial abuses and other unforeseen harms on homeowners, businesses and taxpayers, alike.

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