Saturday, April 12, 2003

$2 million lead paint verdict in Virginia

As described here, a Virginia jury (in Portsmouth) awarded $2 million against a landlord and in favor a young girl who was poisoned by lead paint on the rented property. The article notes that "Federal law requires that landlords disclose the presence of lead-based paint to tenants. State building codes require that the paint, outlawed in 1978, be covered up. People who remove the paint or renovate buildings where it is present are required to have special licenses from the state."

O.L. Gilbert of Norfolk and others represented the plaintiff, Joseph M. Young represented the defendants.

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