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Plaintiffs in Calif. lead paint case say companies' witnesses were 'not persuasive'

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 16, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- The plaintiffs in a six-week trial over lead paint -- 10 cities and counties in California -- argue that the one-time paint and pigment manufacturers they're suing have not presented a "persuasive" case.

Former lead paint, pigment manufacturers say Calif. plaintiffs failed to prove their case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 13, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- The defendants in a six-week trial over lead paint -- one-time paint and pigment manufacturers -- contend, in filings late Friday, that the plaintiffs have not proven their case.

Lead paint plaintiffs' victory may bring unintended consequences

By Amanda Robert | Sep 12, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- California and its residents will face unintended consequences if 10 cities and counties win their lawsuit over the presence of lead paint in older homes, says Tony Dias, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Jones Day, who became involved with the case when it began in 2000.

Lots of data to process for Calif. lead paint judge

By Ann Maher | Aug 23, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- A watershed decision expected before the end of the year may come down to how one individual processes volumes of complex analyses of complex data relating to the use, promotion and manufacture of lead paint in the last century and its impact on children today.

Sides rest in Calif. lead paint trial

By Ann Maher | Aug 22, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg on Thursday praised lawyers prosecuting and defending a 13-year-old lead paint public nuisance case after both sides rested at trial.

Lead paint defense witness attacks plaintiffs witness' research

By Ann Maher | Aug 21, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- Defense witness Dr. David Garabrant on Tuesday continued to try to discredit research conducted by a key plaintiff witness in the lead paint public nuisance trial now into its sixth week in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Doctor says lead paint knowledge has changed 'radically'

By Ann Maher | Aug 20, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - Defense witness Dr. Peter English, testifying in the sixth week of a public nuisance trial under way in Santa Clara County Superior Court, said that knowledge of the risks of lead paint evolved in the 20th century -- and changed "radically" in the 1970s.

Calif. judge denies Sherwin Williams motion in lead paint trial

By Ann Maher | Aug 19, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- A California judge denied paint maker Sherwin Williams' motion for summary judgment at the opening of trial Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Defense presents first witness in Calif. lead paint trial

By Christina Aanestad | Aug 16, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- The defense in a lawsuit against one-time lead paint and pigment manufacturers presented its first witness Thursday.

Lead paint plaintiffs respond to summary judgment motions

By Christina Aanestad | Aug 15, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiffs pursuing a lead paint public nuisance case against five paint manufacturers responded to two defendants' motions for summary judgment by saying one of the companies used "sleight of hand" and "spin" to downplay its role in the "serious public health threat posed by lead paint."

Calif. real estate board concerned about impact of lead paint case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 15, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- A California real estate board says it is concerned about the impact of a lead paint case, currently on trial in Santa Clara County Superior Court, on the state's housing market.

Paint manufacturers ask judge in Calif. lead paint trial to toss case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 14, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- The defendants in an ongoing trial over lead paint -- one-time paint and pigment manufacturers -- have asked the California judge hearing the case to dismiss it.

Attorney: Abatement would mean big bucks for plaintiffs' lawyers

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 13, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- The fact that blood lead levels in California are at their lowest in decades hasn't stopped a group of cities and counties, and their attorneys, from pursuing a public nuisance case against paint manufacturers.

Both sides in Calif. trial use same lead paint expert

By Christina Aanestad | Aug 1, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- Both sides in the trial against former lead pigment and paint manufacturers used a California state scientist as an expert witness this week.

Lead paint witnesses talk about poisoned children

By Christina Aanestad | Jul 29, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- Key witnesses in the suit against the nations one-time top lead paint manufacturers told stories Friday about poisoned children in two of the jurisdictions waging the suit: Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties.

Calif. lead paint judge urges sides to settle this week

By Christina Aanestad | Jul 24, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- The judge presiding over an estimated $1 billion lawsuit against the manufacturers of lead paints and pigments urged both parties to "settle" during trial this week.

Plaintiffs' expert in lead paint trial says studies not California-specific

By Christina Aanestad | Jul 20, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- The expert health witness in a $1 billion public nuisance lawsuit against former manufacturers of lead-based paint and pigments never investigated lead exposure specific to California.

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