On April 15, 2021, the Seventh Circuit overturned trial court rulings and jury verdicts in a case that unfairly imposed massive liability on lead-paint makers. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed an amicus brief with the court urging reversal. In a meticulous 62-page opinion, the Seventh Circuit held that the district court committed “three significant legal errors about the scope of Wisconsin products liability law.” These errors “shaped the trial and impermissibly expanded the defendants’ potential liability.” Although it remanded claims against some defendants for a new trial, the appeals court held that one defendant, Sherwin Williams, is entitled to judgment as a matter of law on all claims that went to trial.


Seventh Circuit decision

 WLF brief