Statement by Charles H. Moellenberg, Jr., of Jones Day, representing the Sherwin-Williams Company on the verdict in Gaines v. Sherwin-Williams Co:
June 26, 2009
Fayette, Miss. – “The Sherwin-Williams Company respectfully but strongly disagrees with the decision and will appeal the verdict.
“Plaintiffs alleged that they bought lead paint after the company had stopped making and selling it. The evidence showed that it was impossible to have either bought or applied Sherwin-Williams lead-containing residential paint to this house after 1978. The company had stopped manufacturing any residential paints with lead ingredients by the end of 1972.
“This is an aberrational product identification lead paint case filed in Jefferson County in 2001.
“Not one fully adjudicated case has held former manufacturers responsible. Sherwin-Williams is proud of its responsible corporate history and has been an industry leader in protecting homeowners against the dangers of poorly-maintained lead paint.”
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