Those close to the Ohio public nuisance situation are certain that the Ohio Attorney General's lawsuit against the former lead paint manufacturers today was timed to correlate with what would have been the effective date of Substitute Senate Bill 117. If the OH Supreme Court rules that that bill was passed by the former Governor Bob Taft's non-veto on January 5th then that law would become effective 90 days afterward.
Part of the OH Attorney General Marc Dann's actions has been to request a motion to stay the pending challenge in OH Supreme Court to Governor Ted Strickland's veto of SB 117, after the former Governor had supposedly allowed it to become law by not vetoing it.
The business community in OH is mobilizing against this major escalation today of the lead pigment/paint litigation. The lawsuit, as legal experts interpret it, would cover virtually all buildings in the state.