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November 25, 2008-Milwaukee loses appeal in lead paint lawsuit: MADISON, Wis. (Associated Press) – An appeals court on Tuesday rejected the city of Milwaukee’s bid to force a former lead paint manufacturer to pay for the cleanup of 11,000 contaminated properties.
The Milwaukee appellate court upheld the jury’s ruling that NL Industries, Inc. does not have the pay the $52.6 million that the city used to repair windows of inner-city homes from 1992-2006. The Milwaukee County jury ruled that NL Industries did not engage in any negligent activity and, therefore, should not be forced to pay for the clean-up. Click here to read more.
November 10, 2008-State and federal funding for lead paint removal: MaineToday.com reported that Maine will add an additional $1.3 million to a $3 million federal grant that will make housing safer for Maine’s kids. The lead prevention program, with its increased budget, will make an estimated 280 households in the state in the next three years. The money will also be used to teach more workers how to remove lead paint safely, and raise more public awareness of the dangers of lead paint. Click here to read more.
November 4, 2008-OKK Trading recalls toy TVs due to violation of lead paint standard: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that OKK Trading, based in Los Angeles, California, has voluntarily recalled 2,100 “Mini-Televisor” toys that were sold on the company’s website from July-September 2008. The surface of the toy television may have lead levels higher than the government standard. Though no injuries have been reported, consumers should take the toy away from children immediately and contact OKK Trading for a refund or exchange. Click here for more information.
November 4, 2008-King Import Warehouse recalls toy xylophones due to violation of lead paint standard: The U.S. CPSC announced that King Import Warehouse, based in Dallas,Texas, has voluntarily recalled 144 toy xylophones due to high levels of lead on the toy’s surface. The toys were sold in 99 cent stores in Texas from December 2007 to February 2008. Though no incidents have been reported, consumers should take the toy away from children immediately and return them to the store where the toy was bought to receive a replacement. Click here for more information.