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   December 19

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The big news is that California Superior Court Judge, James P. Kleinberg has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and ordered Sherwin Williams and two other named defendants pay $1.1 billion in lead based paint damages. The plaintiffs, referred to as the People for purposes of this lawsuit, are residents of the counties of Santa Clara, Alameda, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Mateo, Solano, and Ventura Counties and the cities of Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco, California. READ NOW        
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Regulatory Review
Regulatory Review – EPA Plows Forward with Public and Commercial RRP Expansion
On November 5th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed an Information Collection Request (ICR) notice related to expanding the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) regulation to all pre 1978 public and commercial buildings. Essentially, the EPA is conducting a survey and asking for comments to specific questions.
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Behrpro 2013 Sweepstakes Winners
BehrPro announced the two winners of its 2013 BehrPro Experience Tour sweepstakes as it closes out an 18-week nationwide mobile tour. The third annual BehrPro Experience Tour ended with a celebration honoring local professionals and promoting small business growth. READ NOW        
Industry News & Market Trends
Calif. judge says NL, ConAgra, Sherwin Williams must pay $1.1 billion in lead paint case
A California judge on Monday ordered NL Industries, ConAgra and Sherwin Williams to pay $1.1 billion to replace or maintain lead paint in millions of homes. READ NOW        
Update: NL, ConAgra, Sherwin-Williams to file objections to Calif. judge’s lead paint ruling
In his long-awaited ruling following a six-week trial this fall, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg said the one-time paint and pigment manufacturers must shell out the money. READ NOW        
Delos Capital Buys California Products
Coatings groups U.C. Coatings and Oxea have also recently been acquired READ NOW        
Construction Employers Add 17,000 Jobs in November as Sector’s Employment Hits Highest Level Since August 2009; Unemployment Rate Hits 8.6 Percent
Industry Adds 178,000 Jobs During the Past 12 Months As Construction Spending Hit Four-Year High in October, But Construction Employment Remains Nearly 1.9 Million Below April 2006 Peak Level READ NOW        
EPA Agenda Includes Actions Related to the Clean Water Act and Stormwater ELG
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Nov. 27 regulatory agenda includes items related to the Clean Water Act, lead paint programs, post-construction stormwater and stormwater ELG, among other items. READ NOW        
NLRB Drops Appeal of Ambush Elections Rule, Reissuance Expected
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Dec. 9 agreed to dismiss its appeal of a court ruling invalidating its controversial "ambush" election rule, which would have drastically reduced the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place. READ NOW        
Nano Labs Introduces Natural Mineral-based Nano Paint Coating to Repel and Kill Insects
Nano Labs Corp. announced the development of a next-generation nano-coating specifically designed as an anti-insect paint that repels insects and other arthropods, hinders their feeding and reproduction, and reduces their presence and proliferation. READ NOW        
Law school dean weighs in on Calif. lead paint ruling
A law school dean and expert in class-action lawsuits and mass torts said Tuesday he wouldn’t be surprised if a $1.1 billion ruling against one-time paint and pigment manufacturers isn’t upheld at the next level. READ NOW        
Primetime Paint and Paper Brings IdeaPaint CREATE to Downtown Toronto
Primetime Paint & Paper has recently introduced a new product, IdeaPaint CREATE, which is designed primarily for office spaces. READ NOW        
PPG among firms forming partnerships rather than just donating dollars
In 2001, the PPG Industries Foundation forged a partnership with the Pittsburgh Zoo to provide financial support totaling nearly $14 million through 2021 and the opportunity to put the glass and coatings company’s name on the facility’s aquarium. READ NOW        
Pantone, Valspar expand paint collection with 2014 Color of the Year
Radiant Orchid is a mix of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones. READ NOW        
A Price-Fixing Cartel Waiting to Happen
DuPont and three other companies conspired to fix prices on titanium dioxide, a billion-dollar chemical used in white paint, plastics and paper, the paint company Valspar claims in court. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
Faux Effects® NüVilla™ Elegant and Traditional in Design…
Dynamic Color Line Up is just MAGIC!
NüVilla™ is an extremely versatile creamy, light and smooth decorative finishing medium that dries to an almost flat appearance; a very low sheen without much movement. This new, low VOC plaster product is elegant and traditional in design--perfect for the client who may be apprehensive of decorative finishes and opts for just painted walls. NüVilla™ has subtle, light absorbing qualities that add a soft warmness to any room. An impeccable upgrade!

NüVilla™ also exhibits superior color blending qualities. Because of its velvety smoothness in nature, application on walls and other substrates is a breeze! NüVilla™ is excellent for both the decorative finisher and paint contractor. No burnishing is required and it’s easy to repair!

Available in a tasteful 15 pre-tinted designer color palette and a tint base.

Traditional Timeless Elegance ... NüVilla™ the Perfect Accent to Your Home!

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Sherwin-Williams NEW Enhanced Harmony®
Harmony, long known for its premium performance in a zero VOC formula, now contains formaldehyde reducing technology in the flat and eg-shel sheens which helps promote better indoor air quality by reducing VOCs from possible sources like insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.

Discover Enhanced Harmony
From the Blogosphere
End of 2013 CRM Selection for Small Businesses
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) cloud programs are a hot item for small businesses in 2013. I received a lot more emails and calls this year than ever before asking me what CRM is the best. That is a very difficult question to answer, because most of the programs all have strengths and weaknesses. READ NOW
Homes Under Construction: A Good Sign of Recovery
Although reports on the Census Bureau’s New Residential Construction release usually emphasize housing starts (and may mention permits), the number of homes under construction is also worth looking at, and at this time is a particularly good indicator of sustained recovery in the home building industry. READ NOW  
Patricia Gray | Fine Art | Desolation Sound
Drawing from her thirty years experience as an internationally renowned interior designer, Patricia Gray has achieved mastery in her field that few can compare with. Lately Patricia has been exploring painting with great success. Her transition into being an accomplished artist is a natural progression for her. Painting with a colour palette that is vivid and rich she draws inspiration from nature and from her travels. READ NOW
Clark+Kensington Ominous Cloud
I hope everyone is staying warm and getting ready for the holidays. We had a little snow and ice storm here in the DC area earlier this week and lost power for two days. Marty and I initially thought we would be able to tough it out and sleep at our place... READ NOW  
We Paint Furniture Too!
Most of our customers are probably familiar with a majority of the painting services Brooks Painting offers. Such as: residential, commercial, interior, exterior, wood staining, fence and deck finishes, epoxy floors, cabinet refinishing, and more. One service you may not think of is furniture painting. READ NOW  
Interior Design Trends of 2014
Designer mood/concept boards by Rosslyn Tebbut evoking the latest trends in interior design. Inspiration can be found anywhere... READ NOW

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