Quick Read: Long-Running Lawsuit Over Hazardous Lead Paint Comes to Trial in Santa Clara County
Lead paint has been banned since 1978, largely due to the health effects of lead poisoning in children, including learning disabilities and stunted growth. But the paint lingers in housing built before the ban. Public officials in 10 northern California counties are suing five large paint manufacturers, such as Sherwin-Williams and Atlantic Richfield, to order them to remove lead paint from millions on homes in these counties. The cost? About $1 billion.