Historical lead research leads to $1 billion courtroom victory

On Monday, a California judge ordered three corporations —Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries, and ConAgra—to contribute $1.1 billion into a state-run fund to clean up lead paint hazards in 10 California cities and counties. David Rosner, an expert on the history of lead paint, was a key witness in the case. Rosner is the author, with Gerald Markowitz, of Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children and Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution.