Sherwin Williams

Lead-based paint was extremely popular in the early and mid-20th century — used in an estimated 38 million homes across the U.S. before it was banned for residential use in 1978.

Columbus is one of 15 local and state governments who will share in a 46.6 million dollar federal grant to remove lead-based paint and other hazards in 31 hundred low-income homes.

A California judge has ordered Cleveland-based Sherwin Williams and two other paint companies to pay 10 California cities and counties 1.1 billion dollars to remove lead-based paint from millions of older homes.