"Kennedy Krieger Sued Over Lead Paint Study"

"In a class action lawsuit filed Thursday, Kennedy Krieger Institute is accused of exposing poor black children to 'dangerous levels' of lead as part of a housing experiment in the 1990s."

"The suit, filed Thursday in Baltimore City Circuit Court by attorney Billy Murphy, accuses the institute of negligence, fraud, battery and violating the state's consumer protection act. It seeks damages, interest and unspecified attorney fees.

The hospital 'used these children as known guinea pigs in these contaminated houses to complete this study,' the suit states. 'For this study, KKI selected children and their parents who were predominantly from a lower economic strata and minorities.'"

Luke Broadwater reports for the Baltimore Sun September 15, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"Racial Bias Seen in Study of Lead Dust and Children" (New York Times)

Friday, September 16, 2011