States Issue Decision on Lead Paint
August 1, 2007
The Missouri and New Jersey Supreme Courts issued rulings with a straightforward and unambiguous result: public nuisance causes of action by municipalities seeking damages for ill-maintained dwellings, from historical manufacturers of ordinary and necessary products, are declared terminated. As the U. S. trade association for paint and coatings manufacturers and their suppliers, the NPCA is heartened by these decisions. The high court rulings preserve the crucial, long-standing distinctions between public nuisance law and product liability suits.