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Friday, April 9, 2010

Judge Awards Families $2.6 Million in Defective Chinese Drywall Case

A federal judge in New Orleans awarded seven Virginia families $2.6 million for damages to their homes caused by defective Chinese drywall. This verdict may have serious implications on thousands of other defective product lawsuits related to Chinese drywall which are currently pending around the country.

The judge ruled that the drywall must be removed and the victims' homes must be gutted in order to correct the damage caused by the defective Chinese drywall. Furthermore, all electrical wiring, heating and air conditioning systems, appliances, carpet, cabinets, trim work, and floors which were ruined by the drywall will need to be removed.

Thousands of homeowners across the south have reported serious issues caused by Chinese drywall used in building or remodeling their homes. This drywall contained a high concentration of sulfur, resulting in corrosion of electrical wiring, air conditioning units, computers, and jewelry. The drywall may have also caused health problems for those exposed to it.

This decision is the first in a series of federal lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and builders, and it will most likely set the standard for how the remaining lawsuits will be settled. However, it is uncertain how the homeowners will collect their damage award. Many of the Chinese companies listed as defendants in these lawsuits have not responded to U.S. courts. It is possible that the courts will issue orders to seize U.S.-bound ships and cargoes from Chinese drywall companies.

If your home has been damaged by the use of Chinese drywall, the defective product lawyers at The Cochran Firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation. We serve clients nationwide.


posted by Benjamin A. Irwin at 9:22 AM

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