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Apr 9, 2018

Lawsuit accuses paint industry for Milwaukee lead poisoning (UPDATE)

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and an attorney for nearly 170 lead-poisoned children allege the paint industry is trying to shift blame to contaminated water.

Dec 29, 2016

YEAR IN REVIEW: Top legal stories of 2016

One of the biggest legal stories of 2016 actually involves something that did not happen.

May 25, 2016

Lead-paint case bounces through legal system for a decade

Milwaukee attorney Peter Earle has been trying for nearly a decade to get his client’s lead-paint case in front of a jury. Yet, despite the passage of so much time, his goal remains as elusive as ever.

Apr 15, 2016

What’s that? Chief justice sides with liberal justices in lead paint case

The state’s conservative chief justice formed an unusual alliance Friday with two liberal-leaning justices in a deadlocked decision that will send a lead paint case back to the court of appeals.

Apr 5, 2016

Justices grill paint manufacturers over lead paint lawsuit

Two Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on Tuesday grilled paint manufacturers on why a Milwaukee woman should not be allowed to sue them over the lead paint she was exposed to as a child.

Apr 1, 2016

Justices to hear arguments in woman’s lawsuit against lead paint manufacturers

Lawyers for several paint manufacturers and lawyers for a woman who contends that she was poisoned by lead paint will go head-to-head in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Jul 28, 2014

BENCH BLOG: Lead paint defendants fail in ‘valiant attempt’

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently dashed the hopes of lead paint manufacturers that wanted the federal courts to dismiss pending cases as unconstitutional.

Jul 25, 2014

7th Circuit revives lead paint lawsuit (UPDATE)

By overturning a lead paint lawsuit decision, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has revived eight lead poisoning lawsuits that were on hold pending the ruling.

Jan 24, 2012

Proposed liability bill puts lead paint cases at risk

For the past six years, Milwaukee solo attorney Peter Earle has dedicated half of his practice to researching and litigating civil claims against lead paint manufacturers on behalf of children allegedly poisoned by the product.

Jan 24, 2012

Lawmakers propose product liability change

A legislative proposal would require plaintiffs to retroactively name the manufacturers of defective products in lawsuits in order to have a valid claim.

Nov 16, 2010

Lead paint claims dismissed

U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph T. Randa has granted summary judgment in favor of the remainder of the defendants named in a lead paint suit under the risk contribution rule. The rule permits imposition of liability on defendants based on market share in an industry, despite a lack of evidence of direct causation. On June […]

Nov 16, 2010

07-C864 Gibson v. American Cyanamid Co.

Constitutional Law Substantive due process; retroactive liability; lead paint Imposition of liability on lead paint manufacturers through the risk contribution rule violates substantive due process. “As with ARCO, the foregoing factors are satisfied with respect to the remaining defendants. It is unnecessary for the Court to proceed through the entire analysis once again. All of […]


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