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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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Appeals court sides with users of Chinese drywall | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

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Victims of Chinese drywall leapt a major hurdle Tuesday when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled favorably for seven Hampton Roads families whose homes were ruined by the drywall in the mid-2000s.

A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit upheld an earlier decision by a federal district judge in Louisiana that the seven be awarded $2.6 million from Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., the China-based manufacturer of drywall that poisoned thousands of American homes during the housing boom.

Taishan had appealed the lower-court decision, claiming American courts didn’t have jurisdiction to hear the case.The 5th Circuit’s decision Tuesday affirms that Taishan can be held liable for its products in America.

via Appeals court sides with users of Chinese drywall | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com.

Written by Elizabeth McCullough

January 29, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Families seek $2.6M for Chinese drywall damage | PilotOnline.com

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Update on the corrosive drywall saga:

Thousands of Americans are waiting in the wings for recompense after the toxic wallboard turned their lives upside down. But one big hurdle stands in their way. A panel of judges in the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday that will set them up to decide in the coming weeks whether Chinese drywall manufacturer Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. can be held accountable in American courts for its tainted products. It’s one of the biggest questions yet in the five-year legal saga, and Hampton Roads families – four from Williamsburg, two from Newport News and one from Virginia Beach – are blazing the trail for the rest of the country. They are representing at least 300 families in a class-action lawsuit, Germano v. Taishan, which was filed in 2009. “It’s a light-switch outcome,” said Richard Serpe, a Norfolk attorney representing the seven local plaintiffs. “If they win it,” he said of Taishan, “we have no jurisdiction in the United States.”

via Families seek $2.6M for Chinese drywall damage | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com.

Written by Elizabeth McCullough

October 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Judge awards families $2.6M over Chinese drywall

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Written by Elizabeth McCullough

April 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Corrosive drywall trials begin January 25 in US District Court

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The first trial in the combined litigation taking place in New Orleans will involve Virginia homeowners and a Chinese-owned company:

U.S. District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon, who is overseeing the combined Chinese drywall litigation in New Orleans, said Thursday the first “bellwether” trial will take place Jan. 25 — barely 60 days from now.

In a shift from previous plans, the trial will involve seven Virginia homeowners whose homes were allegedly damaged by tainted drywall produced by Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., also known as Shandong Taihe Dongxin Co. Ltd. and Taian Taishan Plasterboard.

Taishan shipped drywall to Florida through Port Everglades and Tampa, and its product also was sent to other states, including Virginia, New York and California. The seven Virginia plaintiffs all used drywall imported by the same distributor, Norfolk-based Venture Supply.

 

Written by Elizabeth McCullough

November 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm

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