File & Serve Tapped As Exclusive E-Service Tool For Chinese Drywall MDL

File & Serve Tapped As Exclusive E-Service Tool For Chinese Drywall MDL

On July 9, 2009, LexisNexis® File & Serve was selected as the online case-room to facilitate document exchange (e-service) by the attorneys in the Chinese Drywall litigation MDL (MDL 2047) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

File & Serve is an exclusive LexisNexis offering that helps law firms gain more convenience and control over key support functions throughout the litigation life cycle, including the filing and service of initial pleadings and the exchange of documents throughout the discovery phase and beyond. Benefits include:

• Streamlined delivery of court-filed and other litigation-related documents.
• Improved access to court documents and other important case information.
• Enhanced case monitoring.

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Background On The Litigation

Beginning around 2000-2001, as the housing boom escalated, the United States began increasing its demand for imported drywall.  Drywall was imported from China into New York, Texas, New Orleans, California and Florida ports of entry; some reports say millions of tons have been exported in and it continues to come in to date.

The imported drywall contains sulfur in high doses and has been found to cause health and property damage.  There has been no method for remediation of the drywall found to date other than complete tear down and re-build of property. It is estimated that the minimum cost to switch out drywall is $100,000 per home.

Cases alleging property damage and personal injury from the use of Chinese-made drywall were consolidated in the MDL in the Eastern District of Louisiana under Judge Eldon Fallon.