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Sherwin-Williams OKs $50K Settlement

Monday, November 3, 2014

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The Sherwin-Williams Co. has agreed to pay $50,000 to a Florida school district to resolve a 2011 lawsuit alleging paint defects at three schools, under a newly approved settlement agreement.

The Monroe County School Board approved the settlement Oct. 14.

The settlement, reached after a mediation proceeding in December 2013, resolves the school district's claim related to paint applied in 2007 at Stanley Switlick Elementary School and Marathon High School in Marathon, FL; and Key Largo School in Key Largo, FL.

Under the settlement, Sherwin-Williams admits no liability.

Marathon HS
Monroe County School District

The claim alleged "structural and aesthetic defects in the paint applied to three schools," including Marathon High School in Marathon, FL.

The district sued both Sherwin-Williams and Coral Colors Painting Corp. "on the basis of structural and aesthetic defects in the paint applied to three schools within the District that became apparent within the warranty period of the product," Patrick A. Lefere, executive director of operations and planning for the school district, said an email last week.

Neither the coating system nor the nature of the defects was released.

Coral Colors, which applied the paint, is now out of business, but the school district's case against the painting company has not yet been resolved, Lefere said.

According to KeysInfoNet, "Sherwin-Williams issued a five-year limited warranty on the paint. But when the School Board inquired about the warranty after finding 'signs of defect,' Sherwin-Williams did not honor the warranty."

A representative of Sherwin-William did not respond Friday (Oct. 31) to a request for comment on the settlement.


Tagged categories: Architectural coatings; Coatings Technology; Laws and litigation; North America; Paint defects; Painting Contractors; Schools; Sherwin-Williams

Comment from peter gibson, (11/3/2014, 2:32 PM)

how does a paint company guarantee paint...another phony come on for such a big company.

Comment from john schultz, (11/4/2014, 10:11 AM)

Oh down here in Florida the manufacturers (all of them) market like crazy with warranties against manufacturer defect. It has gotten to the point that we can't sell a big job without one and the liability period only gets longer. It usually boils down to a structural defect or preparation neglect. Couple an old building in a tropical marine environment with a lack of oversight and anybody would forecast a high chance of failure. Usually these cases are resolved by the paint company throwing some good will at it. This must have been quite a case. Would like to know the details, tho.

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