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- Chinese drywall manufacturer Knauf commits
to remediating U.S. 300 homes
- this consortium found tainted drywall in
home built in 2009 later than reported by CPSC
- Chinese Drywall Settlement Talks Get Serious~
But Odd Cases Cloud Class Action
Eldon Fallon in several high-profile "bellwether" cases
tried in Federal court in New Orleans, Louisiana, have established
a set of accepted facts, as well as some broad principles of law
for other courts to follow in Chinese drywall litigation. Now, Fallon
has called lawyers for all the various parties in the combined cases
into his courtroom and is telling the attorneys to get to work on
a comprehensive settlement.
January 2010 - Thus
far this consortium has found confirmed Chinese Drywall in:
for Humanity announced that Chinese Sheetrock was used in Katrina
renovation and construction
in their homes.
- manufacturers of Tainted Drywall ID'd
- Interim Remediation Protocol, prepared by
HUD and CPSC, CPSC staff report on drywall emissions by Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory and EHE bacteria study.
- United States federal judge Eldon Fallon
dropped a bombshell on the Chinese drywall sector in a ruling that
could require intervention of the Chinese and United States governments
as the repair bill for homes damaged by the presence of the building
material may reach billions of dollars.
- Interim Identification Protocol, prepared
by HUD and CPSC, to help homeowners identify if they have problem
- HUD asks mortgagors to provide relief to
- This consortium, under the umbrella of the
Texas Professional Real Estate Inspectors Association, becomes aware
of this issue and begins research and search for local cases
- Results of CPSC's 51-home study which shows
a strong association between homes with problem drywall, the levels
of hydrogen sulfide in those homes and corrosion of metals in those
homes. In addition, CPSC's General Counsel provided guidance to
Congress and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the possible
applicability of the casualty loss provision in the Internal Revenue
Code for affected homeowners.
- Initial results on three studies of Chinese
and non-Chinese drywall:
and chemical tests on drywall found the presence of elemental sulfur
in Chinese drywall but not in non-Chinese drywall. The tests also
showed higher concentrations of strontium in Chinese drywall than
in non-Chinese drywall. Chamber studies showed that Chinese drywall
emits volatile sulfur compounds at a higher rate than U.S. made
drywall. The study found that sulfur gases were either not present
or were present in only limited or occasional concentrations inside
the homes, and only when outdoor levels of sulfur compounds in the
air were elevated.
Defective Chinese Drywall/Sheetrock is beginning
to be Part of a National Investigation, due to reported health issues
and rapid corrosive damage to any metal in the home including electrical
wiring, plumbing, and HVAC units. There has been a flood of law
suits filed or pending and many more to follow. CPSC
- CPSC investigated every 2009 import with
a possible connection to imported Chinese drywall and confirmed
that no new gypsum drywall was imported from the beginning of 2009.
CPSC staff set up mechanisms to detect any possible future imports
and has continued to investigate any and all suspected drywall imports.
CPSC sent notices to the warehouses where any remaining Chinese
drywall is stored informing them of CPSC's ongoing investigation
and informing them that the warehouses should notify CPSC if they
sell, transport, or dispose of any drywall from their inventory.
- Testing conducted by federal and state agency
radiation laboratories, which found no radiation safety risk to
families in homes built with drywall.
District Court Eastern District of Louisiana - Judge Eldon Fallon
MDL 2047 Chinese manufactured drywall products liability litigation
of Court Actions on Chinese Drywall -
- CPSC becomes involved along with HUD, but
it is two years prior to any testing or protocols are produced
The Florida Department of Health struggles
with identification and source of this issue