A stunner. Akron has pulled out of its lawsuit against the former lead paint companies including Sherwin-Williams.
There's more. Akron won't say why and it's refusing to discuss all this with the private law firms such as Motley Rice which assist cities and states with the lead-paint lawsuits on a contingency basis. As those outside plaintiff law firms get shut out of the decision-making loop, this could be the beginning of the end of the public nuisance litigation regarding the vestiges of lead paint in buildings.
1 more thing: the state law against this sort of thing could get strengthened. In today's THE PLAIN DEALER, Peter Krouse reports that Bill Seitz, a Republican state representative, indicated his intention to modify earlier legislation which could deep-six the intention of any Ohio city or any other party from piggybacking on the state's public nuisance law to take the former lead-pigment companies to court.
And, if in Rhode Island, where the lead paint follies have been a long-playing litigation noir comedy, Judge Michael Silverstein rules in a way that's favorable to the 3 lead-pigment defendants, this could shut down the reign of litigation terror driven by brandname plaintiff firms working on contingency. Post-verdict in RI lead paint II, the defendants filed a series of motions arguing against issues in the 2005-06 trial and how that trial was conducted. There was a 2-day hearing on those motions August 30-31. Since then we've been waiting for Judge Silverstein's ruling. Sources say that ruling will come this year.