Columbia Scientists Aid in Landmark Lead Paint Ruling

In a Tuesday ruling, a California Court of Appeal found three paint manufacturers responsible for health hazards relating to lead paint, and upheld an earlier edict for the companies to pay to stop the harm.

Two Columbia scientists and Mailman School of Public Health professors, David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, contributed to the research that led to the ruling.

In an article from The Los Angeles Times, attorney Joseph Cotchett noted the impact that lead paint has had on children from low-income families in Los Angeles. While lead paint hasn’t been used in homes for decades, “thousands and thousands of homes are out there still with lead paint in their interior walls.”

For more information on this landmark ruling, please read the Los Angeles Times article by Michael Hiltzik.

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