ACA Statement on the Decision of the Court of Appeal for the State of California in People v. ConAgra

Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 2017 — The recent appellate court decision in California, People v. ConAgra, is a radical departure from fundamental legal principles.  The Court of Appeal ignored established law that manufacturers cannot be held liable when they no longer control the product causing the public nuisance.  This decision incorrectly assigns liability and sets a dangerous and erroneous precedent for all manufacturers.

The American Coatings Association (ACA) believes it should not stand and urges the California Supreme Court to reverse the decision.

ACA is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. ACA has consistently supported the development, implementation and enforcement of effective laws to prevent childhood lead poisoning. The association has a long history of partnering with the federal government, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations to develop fundamental prevention strategies. This includes work on presidential task forces under two administrations, State Attorneys General, and numerous city and state agencies focused on preventing elevated blood lead levels in children. ACA was also instrumental in the creation of CLEARCorps USA, a private-public partnership providing lead hazard reduction support services across the United States.