By Peter Hayes
Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and ConAgra Grocery Products failed to convince a California appeals court to reconsider its decision to uphold but trim a lead paint public nuisance ruling.
The case could have a broad impact beyond California, affecting public nuisance litigation in a wide range of areas from climate change to opioids, observers say.
The appeals court ruled Nov. 14 that a $1.15 billion trial court order against the companies must be recalculated, but upheld the liability finding.
It was the first appeals court decision to at least partially affirm a lead paint public nuisance award.
Santa Clara County and nine other California cities and counties sued the manufacturers in March 2000.
ConAgra, Sherwin-Williams and NL Industries filed separate motions for rehearing.
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP and Motley Rice LLC represent the cities and counties.
Jones Day and Horvitz & Levy LLP represent Sherwin-Williams.
Reed Smith and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP represent ConAgra.
McManis Faulkner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, and Snell & Wilmer LLP represent NL Industries.
( People v. ConAgra, Cal. Ct. App., No. H040880, petitions denied 12/6/17 ).
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