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May 14, 2004

Chicago lead paint case dismissed

"A judge has dismissed the City of Chicago's lawsuit seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from lead-based paint manufacturers, saying the city had not proven that the companies created a public nuisance." ("Chicago's lawsuit over lead paint dismissed", AP/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 8). The New York Times recently noticed one complication affecting the diagnosis of an "epidemic" of lead poisoning among inner-city children, namely that a large share of urban kids found to have high lead-blood levels are immigrants from countries where lead exposures are very high (Kirk Johnson, "For a Changing City, New Pieces in a Lead-Poisoning Puzzle", New York Times, Sept. 30 (fee archives); Steven Malanga, "The Lead Paint Scam", New York Post, Jun. 24, 2002, reprinted at Manhattan Institute site (same point); our entry for Oct. 28-29, 2002).

[cross-posted from Overlawyered, where it ran Oct. 13, 2003]

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