ANA Calls on Supreme Court to Take Up Case Linking Lead Poisoning to Early Sherwin-Williams Ads

2017 ruling ordered 3 paint brands to pay $1.5 billion

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Last week, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and a libertarian-leaning public interest law firm filed a “friend of the court” brief imploring the United States Supreme Court to take up a case in which the State of California ordered Sherwin-Williams and other paint brands to pay more than $1 billion to help eradicate the public health risks of lead paint in homes.

In the brief, which the ANA announced on its own blog yesterday, The Atlantic Legal Foundation argues that last November’s decision by a panel of appeals court judges to order Sherwin-Williams, ConAgra and NL Industries to pay into a fund “to be used to abate the public nuisance created by interior residential lead paint” is a major First Amendment violation and a threat to advertisers of all stripes.

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