February 28, 2006
Punitives Arguments in Rhode Island
The lead paint manufacturers, not surprisingly, say they shouldn't be imposed, citing the enormous expenses they will incur in dealing with the public nuisance verdict. Additionally:
They said the companies' behavior could not be compared to criminal conduct since they were making a selling a legal product that was in high demand among consumers and government agencies alike. Lead-based paint was banned in the United States in 1978 after studies showed that the substance could cause severe health problems to children exposed to it.
The state is presenting arguments today.
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