According to Mike McKee, in the Recorder, eight makers of lead paint may find themselves stuck with a cleanup bill in the billions:
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to review a ruling that OK'd a suit seeking to force manufacturers, such as Atlantic Richfield Co. and Sherwin-Williams Co., to cover the costs of abating lead paint inside and outside all types of structures.
This litigation has been hard-fought for years: 12 Bay Area counties and eight paint manufacturers have wrestled over it. It looks like one more victory for the trial bar at this point. Anyone interested in this subject should read PoL's own Jim Copland's excellent article on the subject in the Spring 2006 City Journal.