Posts Tagged ‘Chinese drywall’

Chinese drywall suits filed in Nevada

August 23, 2009

“Attorneys for a group of homeowners have filed a potential class action lawsuit against homebuilders in Nevada, claiming the companies installed and used defective Chinese drywall. The complaint names US Home Corp., Greystone Nevada LLC, Lennar Nevada, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC and Georgia-Pacific LLC.”


Consumer agency could recall Chinese drywall

August 16, 2009

“Late this month or sometime next month, several government agencies are expected to release the results of their investigations into homeowner complaints of drywall imported from China containing corrosive elements that have damaged homes and occupant health. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, agencies could issue a recall of drywall imported from China if a significant electrical, fire, or health hazard is found to exist in homes built with the product. Some builders have stepped up to correct bad drywall installations, while class-action lawsuits are being developed to seek restitution for affected homeowners.”


Chinese drywall complaints in 24 states

August 13, 2009

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received about new 270 reports of defective Chinese drywall problems, bringing the total number of reports to at least 877 homes from 24 different states across the country.

The CPSC recently issued an August 2009 update to congressional lawmakers on the status of their investigation into the problems with defective Chinese drywall, which has been blamed for causing foul sulfuric odors, corroding wiring and electrical appliances, and various health complaints.”


Attorneys appointed in consolidated drywall litigation

August 4, 2009

“U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon has appointed 14 different Chinese drywall lawyers to serve in leadership roles in the consolidated litigation over defective drywall imported from China, which has been centralized in the Eastern District of Louisiana…

According to an order issued last week, Arnold Levin was appointed to serve as Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs, Russ Herman was appointed as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel and twelve other lawyers were appointed to serve on a Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.”


Chinese drywall trials could begin in 6 months

July 29, 2009

“U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon, who is overseeing the consolidated lawsuits over Chinese drywall, has indicated he intends to move the litigation forward quickly and the first trials could begin in six months.

All federal lawsuits filed by homeowners throughout the United States over damages caused by defective drywall imported from China were centralized and consolidated on June 15 in an MDL, or Multidistrict Litigation. The cases were assigned to Judge Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana for pretrial litigation.

While it typically takes more than a year for the first trials to occur in complex MDL litigation like this, Judge Fallon intends to fast track the first trials, referred to as “bellwether” trials because they are selected to be representative of issues that will be presented to juries in other cases involved in the litigation.”


Insurance may not cover chinese drywall

July 28, 2009

“From the point of view of the homeowner, these claims will not likely be covered by homeowners property insurance. And, to the extent that the damages are not covered by the general liability policies of builders, subs, and distributors, homeowners will incur devastating out of pocket losses.”


Complaints from 21 states re: chinese drywall

July 23, 2009

“The Consumer Products Safety Commission has received more than 600 complaints from residents of 21 states regarding Chinese drywall. At least 12 class action lawsuits involving this material have been filed in 33 states against builders, suppliers and manufacturers. Homeowners have complained that fumes from the Chinese drywall produce a “rotten eggs” odor that permeates their homes, and causes metal, including air conditioning coils and even jewelry, to corrode. Eye irritation, sinus problems and respiratory symptoms have also been reported among people living in homes containing Chinese drywall.”


Florida community meeting about chinese drywall

July 21, 2009


A group of Aranda homeowners are fed up with what they say is their builder’s failure to address problems with Chinese drywall, and plan to take action.

The group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 27 at the Cape Coral Library to discuss strategy.

About 200 Aranda homeowners have been invited; 70 people have confirmed they will attend, said Richard Kampf, a Cape Coral homeowner whose Aranda home has the defective drywall. The meeting is open to the public.


Not all drywall cases being tried in Louisiana

July 14, 2009

“At least 10 cases that started in Florida, Louisiana and Ohio are scheduled to be heard by a Louisiana judge who has extensive experience in multidistrict litigation, according to the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. The Tennys are not involved in any of those cases.

“It’s not a class action, but individual cases filed separately because all cases are different,” said attorney Michael Goetz of the Morgan & Morgan law firm, who represents the Tennys.”


Chinese drywall homeowners qualify for tax credit

July 12, 2009

“Florida homeowners who suffered property damage from drywall imported from China are eligible to receive thousands of dollars on their tax return, according to an announcement by the Internal Revenue Service.”