Goodell DeVries Successfully Defends Baltimore City Lead Paint Case – Zero Damages

By: GDLD | 11.26.12 | Case Results

In a case where Plaintiffs alleged permanent brain damage due to lead exposure before Judge Alfred Nance in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Thomas J. Cullen, Jr. and Erica W. Magliocca successfully obtained an award of zero damages. In the Hope case, two plaintiffs alleged they sustained brain impairment as a result of childhood exposure to lead-based paint. Plaintiffs argued that they incurred a loss in earning capacity in excess of $3,000,000. The defense countered that although lead exposure presents a possible risk of injury, the evidence was clear that plaintiffs demonstrated no evidence of brain injury and, indeed, were bright young adults capable of achieving academic and vocational success. After a six-day trial, the jury returned a verdict finding plaintiffs suffered zero economic and non-economic damages.