Bellwether Drywall Trial Gets Underway

A New Orleans federal courtroom will begin hearing an early test case in the Chinese-manufactured drywall products liability litigation today. In the case  Ã¢â‚¬“ Hernandez v. Knauf Gips KG – a New Orleans family contends that Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Ltd. produced drywall in their home that was “unsafe, defective and inherently dangerous.† The test trial will be heard by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon and its focus will be limited to property damage only. The Bradenton Herald notes that the case is among several hundred Chinese drywall lawsuits that have been consolidated into a single proceeding before a federal judge. It says the trial is likely to provide guidance on remediation that will make it easier to resolve future cases. As of February 17, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) had received 2,941 incident reports related to drywall from 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. More than 90 percent of reports are from Florida (59 percent), Louisiana (21 percent), Mississippi (6 percent), Alabama (5 percent) and Virginia (4 percent). Last November, the CPSC said it had found “a strong association† between homes with the problem drywall and the levels of hydrogen sulfide and metal corrosion in those homes. However, the findings on possible health effects are less definitive. Check out the I.I.I. fact sheet on Chinese Drywall for more info on what homeowners should do if faced with this problem.

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  1. a strong industry” between homes with the problem drywall and the levels of hydrogen sulfide and metal corrosion in those homes. However, the findings on possible health effects are less definitive. Check out the I.I.I. fact sheet on Chinese Drywall for more info on what homeowners should do if faced with this problem.

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