Many class-action watchers were skeptical how the novel legal theory of "public nuisance" would play out in the landmark Rhode Island (RI) lead paint trial. Perhaps the most telling sign that the theory was a tough one to explain and, then, prove, was when the jurors asked for a clarification during deliberations. That same jury eventually did come in, after eight days, with a verdict for the state. But as the defense pushes back hard (see April motions), this legal theory of public nuisance is still in for rough times. Since so many eyes are on this RI trial, the concept of public nuisance is certainly also on trial.