Sherwin-Williams wins $7M Miss. lead paint appeal

AP News
Posted: Sep 08, 2011 4:17 PM
Sherwin-Williams wins $7M Miss. lead paint appeal

The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out a $7 million verdict against the Sherwin-Williams Co., which had argued it was not liable for the illnesses of a boy who might have eaten lead-contaminated paint chips.

A Jefferson County jury in 2009 awarded the damages in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Trellvion Gaines and his mother, Shermeker Pollard of Fayette.

The Supreme Court said in throwing out the verdict on Thursday that the testimony from plaintiffs' experts was unreliable and inadmissible. The trial judge erred in not issuing a verdict for Sherwin-Williams.

The family claimed Trellvion ingested lead paint chips while staying in the house where his grandmother had lived since the 1970s.