A judge has ordered some paint companies to pay 10 California jurisdictions, including Ventura County, more than $1.1 billion dollars after finding the companies guilty of marketing paint they knew was harmful to children.
A San Jose Superior Court judge issued the ruling against Conagra Grocery Paint Company, NL Industries Incorporated, and Sherwin-Williams after a five week long, non-jury trial.
Two other companies were found not liable.
As a part of the payment, the judge ordered the companies pay Ventura County $44 million dollars.
The money is intended to help the government agencies remove the paint in question from homes.
The companies argued that they never deliberately sold harmful products. It’s expected they will appeal the ruling.