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Chinese drywall manufacturer skips court hearing

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As many as 20,000 property owners in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia installed the toxic drywall during frenzied building after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and a nation-wide housing boom.

Homeowners complained of foul odors, damage to appliances, health issues such as skin irritation and breathing problems and blackening of copper and silver they say is connected to the product.

Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin settled with 4,500 property owners, mostly from the Gulf Coast, for damages reaching $1 billion, including an estimated $280 million to $350 million for Louisiana residents.

Taishan Gypsum has resisted the authority of U.S. courts, arguing the judicial system has no authority over the foreign company. Last month, the firm refused to show up for a hearing in U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon’s New Orleans courtroom after a judgment against the company was made final.

via Maker of defective Chinese drywall Taishan skips out on court hearing, leaving homeowners waiting | NOLA.com.

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