Columbia Scientists Aid in Landmark Lead Paint Ruling

November 16, 2017

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 a Los Angeles Times article, 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.”