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GOOD NEWS FOR LEAD INDUSTRY IS BAD NEWS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING

 GOOD NEWS FOR LEAD INDUSTRY IS BAD NEWS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING
 WAYNE, Pa., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest victory for the companies that manufactured lead pigment for use in house paint was accompanied by more bad news for public housing authorities, reports John T. Hayes, editor of "Mealey's Litigation Reports: Lead."
 U.S. District Judge James T. Giles' Aug. 27 decision to throw out "market share" and other collective liability theories against lead pigment makes in the Hurt v. Philadelphia Housing Authority case here left the authority facing claims alone, four months after its own claims for indemnification from the lead pigment industry were dismissed -- also by Giles.
 If the Hurt family can prove that the housing authority did indeed fail to look for and remove lead paint hazards in an estimated 100,000 homes in the city, the authority could be ordered to abate any such hazards existing now, institute testing, monitoring and abatement programs, and reimburse residents for medical and other expenses -- at a cost of millions of dollars it says it doesn't have.
 A victory in the class action would also facilitate the Hurt's suit against the housing authority for monetary damages and would undoubtedly spawn new lawsuits, according to Hayes. Such a scenario is being played out in cities like New Orleans and New York, and may have begun in Cleveland where a class action was filed against the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority earlier in August, he noted.
 Mealey Publications Inc. of Wayne, produces a twice-monthly report on lead litigation, in addition to reports on asbestos, environmental insurance, superfund, punitive damages, bad faith, tobacco, reinsurance, insurance insolvency, international arbitration and banking insolvency.
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 /CONTACT: John T. Hayes of Mealey Publications, 215-688-6566/ CO: Mealey Publications; Philadelphia Housing Authority ST: Pennsylvania IN: PUB SU:


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