WisBusiness: Supreme Court to hear two big cases


The Wisconsin Supreme Court has accepted two cases – one involving lead paint and the other asbestos – that will be closely watched by the business community.

The first case deals with product liability and could affect more than 30 similar cases pending in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court. It stems from the alleged poisoning from lead paint of Ruben Baez Godoy, now 10, when he was a toddler in Milwaukee.

Godoy’s attorney, Peter Earle, contends lead paint made by Sherwin-Williams, du Pont and others, was defective. He is appealing a lower court decision that favored the paint manufacturers.

In the second case, the high court is being asked to decide how much insurance Liberty Mutual is obligated to provide Plastics Engineering Co. (Plenco), which has been sued repeatedly over the past two decades by individuals who alleged they were injured by years of exposure to asbestos-containing products Plenco manufactured from 1950 to 1983.

See release: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=122358