A lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed in Florida, alleging that walls in homes were built with a corrosive Chinese-made drywall. Tests have shown that the drywall emits sulfur gases that corrode copper coils and electrical and plumbing components. Similar problems have been found in hundreds of Florida homes and homes in other states. Tens of thousands of homes could be affected. Issues in the lawsuit also have revived concerns about quality-control procedures of U.S. companies that use Chinese-made products, following episodes in recent years involving contaminated toothpaste and pet-food ingredients, lead-tainted toys and defective tires imported from China. In 2005 Chinese drywall imports increased significantly as a result of a drywall shortage driven by the booming housing market and rebuilding after Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.
It has been reported that residents have suffered a host of health issues, including rashes, new allergies, asthma and sore throats, as a result of the drywall. In addition to seeking compensation, the suits that have been filed in several states are asking that persons be monitored long-term for health issues. Based on import records, it’s estimated that up to 60,000 U.S. homes may be affected, with about half in Florida. Our firm is currently investigating potential claims relating to the drywall issues.
Source: USA Today
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