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Fri May 31, 2019, 03:33 PM

Jury awards $6 million in lead paint case, finds three firms responsible for lead poisoning of three

Jury awards $6 million in lead paint case, finds three firms responsible for lead poisoning of three kids in Milwaukee


In the first verdict of its kind, a federal jury Friday awarded $2 million each to three young Milwaukee men who suffered lead poisoning as toddlers from the residue of paint they ingested in their homes and found three major paint and pigment companies liable.

Under Wisconsin's unique and controversial "risk contribution theory," established by the state Supreme Court in 2005, the plaintiffs did not have to prove which specific product poisoned them.

All four defendant companies had to convince the jury they were not marketing or providing their products in Milwaukee at the pertinent times in order to escape responsibility.

Only Atlantic Richfield Co., the successor to Anaconda Copper Mining Co. which used to make white lead carbonate used in paint in the 20th century, was able to do so.

Read more: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2019/05/30/lead-paint-jury-gets-lead-paint-poisoning-case-milwaukee/1284444001/

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