MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The city of Milwaukee is suing two paint companies in an effort to force them to pay for removing lead-based paint from homes.
The lawsuit claims Mautz Paint, a Madison-based company that produced lead paint, and NL Industries of Houston, a producer of lead pigments, intentionally concealed their knowledge of the hazards of lead paint to maintain demand for the products.
Lead poisoning can cause a variety of ailments, ranging from lower IQs and learning disabilities to seizures and death.
The suit, filed Monday, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
Ted M. Warshafsky, the lead local attorney among law firms pursuing the city's case, said the city chose to sue Mautz and NL Industries instead of all firms involved in manufacturing lead-based paint to maximize the city's potential of winning.
Both companies defended their actions.
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