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County of Santa Clara v. Atl. Richfield Co., H026651

Judgment for defendants, lead manufacturers, in a class action brought by governmental entities alleging claims for damages caused by lead paint is reversed where the superior court's rulings were erroneous as to plaintiffs' public nuisance, strict liability, negligence, and fraud causes of action.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/03/2006
  • Published 03/03/2006

Judges

  • MIHARA, J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Bruce L. Simon, Robert G. Retana, Elizabeth C. Pritzker, Cotchett, Pitre, Simon & McCarthy, Burlingame, Kathryn J. Zoglin, Ann Miller Ravel, Office of the Santa Clara County Counsel, for Appellant County of Santa Clara., Roy Combs, for Oakland Unified School District., Dennis Jose Herrera, and Owen Clements, Ingrid M. Evans, San Francisco, for City and County of San Francisco, et al., John Anthony Russo, Randolph W. Hall, Oakland, Andrea Ford Roberts, Christoper Kee, for City of Oakland, et al., Jennifer B. Henning, for California State Association of Counties as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants., Sunnie Lee Daniels, for Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants., Jenny Chi-Chin Huang, for Public Advocates, Inc. as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Sean O'Leary Morris, James Frederic Speyer, William H. Voth, Philip H. Curtis, Arnold & Porter, Los Angeles, for Respondent Atlantic Richfield Company., James McManis, William Faulkner, McManis, Faulkner & Morgan, San Jose, for Respondent NL Industries, Inc., Anna S. McLean, Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, San Francisco, Elyse Echtman, Richard W. Mark, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, for Respondent American Cyanamid Company., Lawrence A. Wengel, Greve, Clifford, Wengel & Paras, Sacramento, for Respondent ConAgra Grocery Products., Clement L. Glynn, Glynn & Finley, Walnut Grove, Steven R. Williams, Visalia, Collin J. Hite, William H. King, Jr., McGuire Woods, Los Angeles, for Respondent E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Company., Michael T. Nilan, David T. Schultz, Halleland, Lewis, Nilan, Sipkins & Johnson, and James C. Hyde, Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley, San Jose, for Respondent Millennium Inorganic Chemicals Inc., John W. Edwards II, Elwood Lui, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Menlo Park, for Respondent Sherwin-Williams Company., Paul F. Markoff, Thomas Karaba, Crowley, Barrett & Karaba, and Archie S. Robinson, Robinson & Wood, San Jose, for Respondent The O'Brien Corporation.
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