Paint companies appeal court's decision on lawsuit costs

Providence, R.I. – Former lead paint companies are continuing a decade-long battle against the state.

They're appealing a Superior Court decision in May that said Rhode Island didn't need to reimburse them for the cost of defending themselves against a state lawsuit. A jury decided in 2006 that three of these companies had to fund the removal of lead paint from 300,000 homes in the state, but the Rhode Island Supreme Court revoked that verdict in 2008.

Under state law, the winning side of a lawsuit can recoup legal costs, but only at the judge's discretion.