Lawsuit Forces Home Depot To Halt Sales Of Alleged Pollutant Paints

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — One of the top do-it-yourself outlets in the U.S. faces a lawsuit for selling products that regulators say could damage the environment.

Lawyers for big-box retailer Home Depot said on Friday the chain will cooperate with a multi-agency effort to halt the sales of alleged smog-forming paints in its stores.

Southern California air quality regulators, several counties and the city of Los Angeles are suing the retailer for illegally selling paints, lacquers and other coatings that contain excessive levels of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, from 2007 to 2010.

Illegal products were allegedly sold at more than two dozen stores after the company was notified that it was breaking local air regulation laws, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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