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Judge orders ex-paint manufacturers to clean up contamination

February 28, 2007
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A judge recently ordered three former lead paint manufacturers to clean up contamination in Rhode Island, the Associated Press reports. Lawyers and financial analysts have said the cleanup could cost more than $1 billion. The decision by Providence Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein marks a major step forward in the state''s lawsuit to force Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries Inc. and Millennium Holdings LLC to clean up properties that contain toxic lead paint. A jury last February found the three manufacturers liable for creating a public nuisance, and Silverstein''s 197-page decision affirms that verdict. Silverstein did not predict a dollar figure or specify what the companies might have to do to fix the problem. The companies said they planned to appeal.

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