Let’s Not Forget DuPont
Under Andrew’s post “RI Supreme Court Overturns Lead-Paint Verdict”, commenter Greg brings up the unwritten agreement – don’t call it a “settlement” – by which R.I. Attorney General Patrick Lynch excused DuPont paint from his lawsuit and the potential of a very expensive verdict.
While Attorney General Lynch said of the settlement in July, 2005 that details of exactly how the money will be spent will be worked out later (is it later yet?), the proposal was for $1,000,000 of it to go to Brown University at the specific request of Mr. Lynch. The bulk of the money – $9,000,000 – was to go to a non-profit called the Children’s Health Forum. However,
On closer scrutiny, the Children’s Health Forum turns out to have extensive ties to the giant chemical company; per the AP, “It was founded by a lawyer hired by DuPont to work on lead poisoning issues; it received most of its funding from the Wilmington, Del.-based company and most of its board members have ties to DuPont.”
Possibly some points to raise when, following upon yesterday’s verdict by the R.I. Supreme Court, the Attorney General’s office starts making “at least we salvaged $12,000,000 from this case” noises.