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Louisiana sues companies over tainted Chinese drywall

January 22nd, 2010
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AP via Miami Herald: Louisiana’s attorney general on Wednesday sued building supply manufacturers and developers over imported Chinese drywall that homeowners claim has damaged their homes and made them sick.

Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell said he filed a lawsuit in state court on Wednesday to help state and local governments recoup the cost of dealing with contaminated drywall. The suit names a slew of companies – from Chinese drywall manufacturers to home developers – as defendants.

AmLaw Litigation Daily: Insurance companies new target of Chinese drywall lawsuits

January 11th, 2010

AmLaw Litigation Daily: On December 23, a trust for the Carl Icahn-controlled Florida homebuilder WCI Communities filed a 14-page complaint in New Orleans federal district court–home of the Chinese drywall MDL–against 14 insurance companies. The suit seeks to compel the insurers to pony up coverage for more than $200 million in settlements in the drywall litigation.

Florida couple’s Chinese drywall case heads to court

December 28th, 2009

Miami Herald: One of the first lawsuits filed over faulty Chinese drywall is headed to trial in federal court.

Melissa and Jason Harrell of Homestead, Florida filed a lawsuit against South Kendall Construction, Palm Holdings, Keys Gate Realty and Banner Supply in March 2009.

Jury awards BP workers $100 million in lawsuit

December 22nd, 2009
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Associated Press: Jury awards BP workers $100 million in lawsuit

A federal jury Friday awarded more than $100 million to 10 workers who claimed they were injured in 2007 when a toxic substance was released at BP PLC’s Texas City plant.

Chinese-Manufactured Drywall News Roundup

October 9th, 2009

Media coverage of Chinese-manufactured drywall has really heated up in the past few days. It’s no surprise that the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Miami Herald have been on this story for months, but since the New York Times’s article yesterday, which shot up into the top 10 most emailed news items for several hours, the word has spread farther than the affected states:

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Congress Demands Answers to Chinese Drywall Fiasco

October 1st, 2009
Number (and Percentage) of Drywall Reports by State

Number (and Percentage) of Drywall Reports by State
Graphic Provided by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Miami Herald reports that Florida and Louisiana legislators bombarded Inez Tenebaum, the new Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairwoman, with questions about Chinese drywall at a meeting of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection earlier this month. During the proceedings, Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise said, “It’s clear drywall has wreaked havoc in homes.”

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