"The lawsuits allege that the lead companies and their trade association conspired to conceal the dangers of lead-based paint, to mislead the public regarding the hazards, and to aggressively promote lead-based paint, despite their knowledge of its dangers. If the plaintiffs succeed in proving conspiracy, the lead companies will be jointly and severally liable for the damage, and the plaintiffs need not prove that a specific defendant’s paint is responsible for their damages. This would not be the first time the lead pigment industry would be found to have conspired against the public interest. In 1953, the Federal Trade Commission found that the lead pigment industry had violated federal law by conspiring to fix prices."
I guess the paint companies would have to prove that they were mislead by the lead companies. Pardon the pun.
Skeptical? I'm downright cynical, especially with elections coming up.