State of Rhode Island v. Atlantic Richfield Co., et al.
When Rhode Island's Attorney General sought over $3 billion for removal of lead paint from 250,000 homes, Atlantic Richfield relied on our attorneys to win at trial. The case was tried twice. The first jury to consider the matter split 4-2 in the defense's favor without a verdict. On retrial in 2005 and 2006, after the longest civil jury trial in Rhode Island history, the result was different. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of our client, while finding three other lead pigment defendants liable under a theory of public nuisance. Subsequently, the Rhode Island Supreme Court decided that the entire case should have been decided in all defendants favor at the pleading stage.