Posted: Apr 8, 2010 10:59 AM by Melissa Canone
Updated: Apr 8, 2010 10:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans federal judge has awarded seven
Virginia families $2.6 million in damages to pay for the removal of
sulfur-emitting drywall made in China that has been linked to
corrosion and possible health effects.
U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon ruled Thursday that all the
Chinese-made drywall in their homes should be removed as well as
any items damaged by corrosion due to the drywall.
Fallon's decision could affect thousands of other U.S.
homeowners whose homes were made with the defective wallboard.
In this case, the plaintiffs sued Chinese drywall manufacturer
Taishan Gypsum Co., which hasn't responded to lawsuits.
Chinese-made drywall was imported in large quantities during the
housing boom and after a string of Gulf Coast hurricanes.