McCarter and English LLP on Key Coverage Issues Associated with Chinese Drywall

Lawsuits are occurring alleging property damage and bodily injury arising from contaminated Chinese Drywall in residential construction. Insurance coverage disputes have followed, some resulting in declaratory judgment actions. In this Analysis, Brian J. Osais, Nicholas M. Insua and Jason M. Alexander...

Chinese Drywall Manufacturer, U.S. Home Builder Settle Over Florida Homes

ATLANTA - (Mealey's) A key Chinese drywall manufacturer and a major U.S. home builder confirmed today that they have reached agreement on compensation for repairs the builder made to a number of homes it constructed in South Florida. Don Hayden of Baker & McKenzie in Miami, counsel for...

Florida Judge Certifies Nation’s 1st Chinese Drywall Class Action

MIAMI - (Mealey's) A Florida judge on May 27 certified the proposed class of affected homeowners and businesses in a statewide Chinese drywall class action, marking the first such class certification in the country ( Jason Harrell, et al. v. South Kendall Construction Corp., et al . , No. 09...

R. Johan Conrod Jr. of Kaufman and Canoles on 'Legally Obligated' Chinese Drywall Insurance Case

From the insurance coverage disputes arising from the Chinese drywall litigation came a ruling by Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Va. recognizing that remediation costs are not covered absent a legal obligation but, for now, declining to rule on the issue of whether...

Michael Ryan of Krupnick Campbell on Chinese Drywall Remediation

Michael Ryan of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman & McKee spoke on remediation protocols during HB Litigation Conferences' recent conference on Chinese drywall litigation and insurance coverage. Ryan represents plaintiffs in this complex litigation and once again delivered...

Leonard Goldberger of Stevens and Lee on Bankruptcy in Chinese Drywall Litigation

Leonard Goldberger of Stevens & Lee spoke at HB Litigation Conferences' May 18 program on Chinese drywall litigation, specifically on "brewing bankruptcy concerns" in the cases. More information about HB recordings and upcoming events on the subject can be found at LitigationConferences...

Fla. Homeowners Win nearly $2.5m in Nation’s 1st Chinese Drywall Jury Trial

MIAMI - (Mealey's) A Florida jury on June 18th awarded a couple nearly $2.5 million for damages done to their home by Chinese drywall and held a local distributor mostly responsible, according to published reports ( Armin Seifart, et al. v. Knauf Gips KG, et al. , No. 2009-038887-CA-42, Fla....

Chinese-Drywall Cases And Their Impact On Liability-Insurance Carriers In Settling Multiple Claims In Good Faith Against Their Insureds In Certain State Courts

By R. Steven Rawls and Ryan K. Hilton Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith I. Introduction Many insurers that issued liability policies to homebuilders in the southeast United States are receiving an influx of Chinese-drywall claims. Between 2004 and 2007, an estimated...

For Insurers In Pennsylvania, Courts Continue to Sing The Praises Of Kvaerner And Gambone

By Randy Maniloff, Partner, White and Williams LLP Karen Carpenter, on life as an insurer in Pennsylvania handling construction defect claims: Everything I want the world to be Is now comin' true especially for me And the reason is clear, it's because Gambone is here It's the...

Settlement Reached with Supplier of Tainted Chinese Drywall Products

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) Attorneys involved in MDL 2047 announced today that a settlement agreement has been reached between the plaintiffs and a local supplier of tainted Chinese drywall ( In re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation , No. 2:09md02047, E.D. La.; See April...

Good Deeds Still Going Punished? (Dragas Part III)

If you recall, a bit over a year ago I posted regarding the Builders Mut. Ins. Co. v. Dragas Management Corp. litigation in the Eastern District of Virginia federal court. [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] Back in May of 2010, the Court dismissed a suit by a contractor that voluntarily...

Virginia Construction Law Roundup

Recently the state and federal courts here in the Commonwealth of Virginia made two construction law rulings that I thought you all would find interesting. The first of these involves the infamous Chinese drywall discussed in this blog on a couple of occasions. In another ruling in the continuing...

Dragas Management: The Saga Continues

I am beginning to think that I should start a page just dedicated to the Dragas Management Chinese Drywall saga. If you remember, Dragas is the company that tried to do the right thing and help its customers. However, it made the mistake of doing this without a "claim" so its insurance...

Parties In Chinese Drywall Litigation Announce New Settlement Program

NEW ORLEANS -- (Mealey's) Parties in the Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation on Nov. 16 announced a resolution to repair hundreds of homes constructed with defective drywall manufactured by Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) ( In re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation ...

Update: Chinese Drywall Litigation Continues

Recent developments have resolved many of the previously open questions concerning allegedly contaminated Chinese drywall as to both liability and insurance coverage. Settlement efforts by one of the primary manufacturers have also helped provide clarity and predictability. In this Commentary, Nicholas...

Sometimes Carriers Have to Defend Chinese Drywall Cases

\Well, I'm back from vacation and almost dug out from under the stack that was on my desk when I returned and can now get back to Musings . Thanks for awaiting my return (I'm sure it was with baited breath ) I have spoken here at Construction Law Musings on the Dragas line of cases that essentially...

Holy Mau: A New Kind Of Chinese Drywall Claim

Chinese drywall -- litigation over the smell of a rotten egg, er, rolls on. There has been lots of coverage litigation over the past few years concerning various issues associated with Chinese drywall. But last week’s decision in Chartis Property & Casualty Company v. Jassy, No. 12-2087 (M...