Who Was Supposed to Benefit from the DuPont Lead Paint Settlement?
There is a new development in the Rhode Island lead paint case.
Last summer, Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch dropped DuPont as a defendant in the case in return for DuPont agreeing to donate $12,500,000 to various charities. However, not all of the charities involved in the DuPont “understanding” (DuPont doesn’t want it called a settlement) were lead-paint related. Mealey Publications, a legal newswire affiliated with Lexis-Nexis, is reporting that $2,500,000 of the $12,500,000 DuPont understanding is slated to go to a hospital with no lead-poisoning program. According to Mealey’s…
The three organizations selected to receive money from DuPont were Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, The Children’s Health Forum in Washington, D.C., and the Brown University Medical School in Providence, R.I.Mealey’s is also reporting that Attorney General Lynch implied that Brigham and Women’s Hospital was included in the DuPont payout despite its lack of a lead-poisoning program because a law firm involved in the prosecution of the case owed money to Brigham and Women’s…
BWH has no lead-poisoning prevention program.
When Lynch was asked in his deposition if one of the purposes of selecting BWH was to credit the $2.5 million as having come from Motley Rice in satisfaction of the pledge that firm had made to the hospital, Lynch said: “That it may.”Motley Rice is the firm hired by the Attorney General’s office to prosecute the lead-paint case on a contingency basis. But is a law firm hired by the state supposed to be using the public process to make deals to settle its debts?
This matter is a separate matter from the state ethics commission’s investigation of Attorney General Lynch’s acceptance of campaign contributions from lawyers representing DuPont around the same time he was negotiating the understanding with DuPont.