Bloomberg Law
Jan. 30, 2018, 9:11 PM

Lead-Paint Makers Try California Bond Measure to Duck Court Case (Corrected)

Carolyn Whetzel
Carolyn Whetzel
Staff Correspondent

Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries Inc., and ConAgra Grocery Products Co. are pushing for a $2 billion California bond measure to preempt a lead-paint public nuisance ruling.

The companies have donated $2 million each to gather enough signatures to qualify the initiative for the Nov. 6 statewide ballot, according to state campaign finance data.

All three companies are defendants in the nuisance case and have asked the California Supreme Court to review an appellate ruling that upheld, but trimmed, a trial court’s finding of liability for lead-paint abatement in homes ...