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October 21, 2002Client Alert

Chicago Sues Paint Makers and Trade Association over Lead Paint

The City of Chicago has joined the list of municipalities suing paint manufacturers to recoup costs associated with lead-paint related health risks. The City of Milwaukee filed its lead-paint lawsuit in 2001. City of Milwaukee v. NL Industries, Inc., et al., Case No. 01-CV-003066 (Milw. County, Cir, Ct.) Chicago's suit, filed in the Illinois Circuit Court for Cook County, contains a single count under the theory of public nuisance and seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Chicago v. American Cyanmid Co., et al., Case No. OZ CH16212. The defendants in the Chicago suit are: American Cyanmid Co.; Atlantic Richfield Co.; BP Corp. Of North America; BP America, Inc.; EI du Pont de Nemours & Co.; The Glidden Co.; Millennium Chemicals, Inc.; Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, Inc.; NL Industries, Inc.; The O'Brien Corp.; The Sherwin-Williams Co.; and the Chicago Paint & Coatings Association. The Chicago suit is unique as compared to of the dozens of other lead paint suits filed by municipalities because it names a trade association as a defendant and seeks recovery under the theory of public nuisance.
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