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China Rejects Another Effort To Serve Drywall Lawsuit

China’s Ministry of Justice has again rejected a lawsuit filed by thousands of U.S. homeowners who say the government’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission should pay for the damage to their homes caused by defective drywall that emits corrosive sulfuric fumes. According to the Associated Press, the Ministry of Justice “says it won’t serve the legal papers because the agency is immune to such lawsuits and the legal service would infringe on China’s sovereignty.” New Orleans Federal Judge Eldon Fallon has ruled that China’s state-owned Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. must pay damages to all the homes its toxic drywall ruined. ... Read More

China Rejects Drywall Litigation, Says Its Companies are Immune From U.S. Law

Plaintiffs suing Chinese companies that made allegedly defective drywall likely face an uphill battle as the Chinese government, which owns the manufacturing companies, shields them from litigation in the U.S. As many as 4,000 U.S. homeowners claim that sulfuric drywall made by Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. emitted fumes that corroded metal wiring and appliances, destroyed their belongings, and made them sick. Many of the homeowners, who live in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia, say the defective drywall has forced them to abandon their homes, leaving them bankrupt. Damages could exceed $1 billion. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs have been ... Read More

Chinese Drywall Class Action plaintiffs await ruling on damages

Nearly 3,000 homeowners who claim their homes and personal property have been ruined by cheaply made Chinese drywall await a federal judge’s decision after a trial to determine damages in a class-action lawsuit concluded Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Edon Fallon, who certified the class, heard testimony from expert witnesses in New Orleans and will decide damages without the participation of a jury. The judge plans to make a decision toward the end of the month, after meeting with attorneys from both sides. The class action includes homeowners from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia who contend the defective drywall ... Read More

Chinese drywall threatens Miami luxury condo tower

A Miami luxury condo development has linked ongoing problems some that residents are experiencing with the presence in nearly 30 of its units of defective Chinese drywall that emits toxic fumes. The 500 Brickell East condominium developers face costs of at least $3.3 million to have the Chinese drywall removed from already-occupied condo units and replaced. It’s a cost the developer will have to pay for up front rather than wait for the outcome of pending litigation in the matter, which could be years away. Drywall made in China was imported in massive quantities during the pre-recession building boom of ... Read More

Federal court holds Chinese drywall companies in contempt for ignoring U.S. litigation

China’s state-owned drywall manufacturers have abandoned litigation in the U.S. involving thousands of American homeowners who sued the companies over allegedly toxic and corrosive drywall they claim has damaged their homes and their health. In addition to not responding to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a Louisiana federal court, Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. and other gypsum manufacturers owned by the Chinese government’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission ignored a $2.7 million default judgment against them in 2010. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon held Taishan in civil and criminal contempt on July 17 for its refusal to appear in court to ... Read More

U.S. issues new recommendations for dealing with toxic Chinese drywall

The U.S. government has revised its list of recommended measures to take when dealing with “problem drywall,” which it estimates to be installed in tens of thousands of homes throughout the United States. Thousands of homeowners who purchased homes built from 2005 to 2008, mostly in Florida and other parts of the Southeast, have complained of noxious fumes emitting from their walls, rendering their homes unlivable and unsellable. The problem has been linked to drywall imported from China, which contains a high percentage of sulfuric compounds harvested from industrial waste. The drywall releases hydrogen sulfide gas, which causes a range ... Read More

Regulating China: CPSC’s first overseas office to halt dangerous U.S.-bound products

If anything good has come out of all the toxic Chinese drywall that severely damaged thousands of U.S. homes and rendered them unlivable, it’s that this extensive, costly, ill-timed disaster has underscored the need for better U.S. regulation and oversight at the source. Hoping to ebb the flow of defective and dangerous consumer products to the United States, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is on its way to opening its first overseas office in China. Last year alone, the CPSC announced recalls of 220 Chinese-made products ranging from toys containing dangerous levels of lead paint or small parts that ... Read More

Chinese drywall maker to gut and repair 300 Southeastern US homes

Three hundred homeowners in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi will have their homes gutted of toxic Chinese drywall and repaired, thanks to an agreement reached between lawyers representing the affected families, manufacturer Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., and a number of drywall suppliers, home builders, and insurers. Tons of Chinese drywall entered the United States after the national construction boom and  Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans created a shortage of domestically produced drywall. The corrosive, foul-smelling drywall from northeastern China made its way into thousands of homes of across the country, primarily in the South. Under the agreement, Knauf and the other ... Read More

Like US, EU fights rising tide of dangerous Chinese-made products

RAPEX, the European Union’s rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products (excluding food, pharmaceutical, and medical devices), released its annual report of the most dangerous products flooding the European market, and Chinese-made products top the list. Although this isn’t the first time made-in-China has dominated RAPEX reports, the findings indicate the problem is growing in Europe as rapidly as it is in the United States. It’s no secret that products manufactured in China consistently pose more dangers to consumers than domestically manufactured goods. Poisonous lead paint in children’s toys, toxic cadmium in jewelry, lethal melamine in pet food and baby ... Read More

CPSC names Chinese companies responsible for toxic drywall

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has identified the manufacturers of the Chinese drywall that thousands of homeowners say has ruined their homes and their health. Enough toxic drywall to build 30,000 homes entered U.S. ports from China during the post-Katrina building boom of 2006 and 2007. People in as many as 18 states claim that the drywall has sickened them with a slew of respiratory problems while corroding their homes’ electrical wiring, air conditioning units, and other household systems. The CPSC collected samples from homes affected by the toxic drywall and submitted them to the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley ... Read More