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CA judge increases lead paint fund to $1.15B

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A California judge has ordered paint makers to pay $1.15 billion to remove lead paint from homes across the state, an increase of $50 million.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg on Tuesday ordered Sherwin Williams, National Lead and ConAgra to pay after the court found that the companies promoted knew the paint was harmful to children.

The industry had argued that the old paint is not a significant public health risk and that it never deliberately sold a harmful product.

On Monday, Kleinberg rejected those arguments, citing documents dating back to 1900.

The 10 jurisdictions awarded damages are the counties of Santa Clara, Alameda, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Mateo, Solano and Ventura, and the cities of Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco.

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