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WI Court Says Teen Can Sue Paint Makers

By Jason Lawton | July 19, 2005

In a split decision, a Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that a Milwaukee teenager can sue paint manufacturers for his injuries even though he cannot prove which ones may have made the paint that may have sickened him, and he has already been awarded more than $300,000 from landlords of those dwellings.

Steven Thomas claims he sustained lead poisoning by ingesting lead paint from accessible painted surfaces, paint chips and paint flakes and dust at two different houses where he lived during the early 1990s, leading to permanent mild retardation.

Defendants include Sherwin-Williams, ConAgra Grocery Products Co., American Cyanamid Co., Atlantic Richfield Co., E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Co., NL Industries Inc. and SCM Chemicals Inc.