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Lead paint lawsuit dismissed

A paint can.
A paint can.

MILWAUKEE (WSAU) A federal judge in Milwaukee has thrown out a lawsuit against six paint manufacturers. They were sued because they made lead-based paint several decades ago – and they might have made the product that caused health issues for a young boy who ate paint chips. But Judge Rudolph Randa said some of the defendants never made lead-based paint, and they had only acquired companies which did make the product.

Randa said the lawsuit put an unfair burden on those firms, because they could not have anticipated the liability. The plaintiff’s lawyer, Peter Earle, says he’ll appeal.

The six paint companies are Sherwin-Williams, DuPont, Armstrong Containers, American Cyanamid, N-L Industries, and Millenium Holdings. Atlantic Richfield was also a defendant, but Randa threw out the case against that company in June for the same reason as the other six.