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Jury Deliberating Fla. Chinese Drywall Case

MIAMI - (AP) Deliberations will resume in Florida in the first jury trial over homes built with defective Chinese drywall. Jurors deliberated about four hours Thursday and will be back again Friday. Armin and Lisa Seifart are seeking at least $4.3 million in damages from Banner Supply Co. over...

Jury Awards $2.4 Million In First Chinese Drywall Trial

MIAMI - (AP) A Florida couple who fled their dream home because of foul-smelling, ruinous Chinese drywall was awarded $2.4 million in damages Friday in the nation's first jury trial over the defective wallboard that could have legal ramifications for thousands of similar cases. Full version available...

Florida Homeowners Win Nearly $2.5M In Nation's First Chinese Drywall Jury Trial

MIAMI - (Mealey's) A Florida jury on June 18 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. Cir.,...

Florida Attorneys Join Forces To File Statewide Class Action Against Banner Supply

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Florida attorneys Mike Ryan and Ervin Gonzalez have joined forces to file a Florida statewide class action against Banner Supply in Broward County Circuit Court. The complaint alleges that Banner Supply, a major supplier of Chinese drywall, knew in 2006 that the drywall it...

Russell Budd Announces Opening Of Baron & Budd P.C. Office In Miami

MIAMI - Russell Budd has announced the opening of plaintiff's law firm Baron & Budd, P.C. 's new office in Miami. The new office will offer its services to individuals and businesses with environmental issues as well as those victimized by unsafe drugs and securities fraud. Baron &...

Kyle N. Roehler On 'The Storm of Coverage Questions Is Approaching - Will Contractors Be Covered For Chinese Drywall Claims?'

By Kyle N. Roehler, Attorney, Foland Wickens Eisfelder Roper & Hofer, P.C. In his article appearing in the July/August 2010 issue of Coverage , Mr. Roehler warns of the coming wave of insurance claims and ensuing coverage litigation over sulfur emissions from defective Chinese drywall. The article...

Chinese Drywall Litigation News: Part I

By Jim Harvey Most in the construction industry are aware of the many claims that have surfaced in the last few years concerning defective drywall originating from China that has resulted in a rash of homeowner claims of property and personal injury damage. Because of the construction boom between...

Chinese Drywall Litigation News: Part II

By Jim Harvey Many cases are pending in state and federal courts from Virginia through Louisiana over damages caused to homes built with Chinese Drywall. While the Consumer Product Safety Commission continues a massive investigation into the matter, the courtroom developments are leading the way to...

Chinese Drywall Litigation News: Part III

By Jim Harvey While state and federal courts have recently ruled in favor of homeowners damaged by Chinese Drywall, awarding large sums for the virtual demolition and rebuild of the home interiors, a local federal court has ruled that insurance coverage does not exist for these types of damages. In...

New Developments In Chinese Drywall Claims

The pace of litigation in the Chinese drywall ("CDW") claims has escalated in recent months. It is alleged that the gypsum that was used to manufacture that drywall came from particular Chinese mines and became contaminated with other potentially dangerous minerals. The product was used mainly...

Chinese Drywall Manufacturer Agrees To Remediate Homes Affected By Defective Product

NEW ORLEANS -- (Mealey's) The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) in the Chinese Drywall multidistrict litigation and defendant Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) on Oct. 14 announced a settlement to remediate up to 300 homes in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida impacted by KPT's...

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 Originally published in 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...

Chinese Drywall — Update On Litigation, Settlements And Insurance Claims

By Ellen Clarke and Sallie Kraus, Attorneys at Law The pace of litigation in the Chinese drywall ("CDW") claims has escalated in recent months. It is alleged that the gypsum that was used to manufacture that drywall came from particular Chinese mines and became contaminated with other potentially...

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...

Holy Mau: Florida Federal Court Rejects Continuous Trigger for Chinese Drywall Claims

I am serious. And stop calling me Shirley. By Randy Maniloff, Partner, White and Williams LLP Chinese drywall -- litigation over the smell of a rotten egg, uh, rolls on. For some insurers, Chinese drywall is a potentially large exposure. With that said, and since Chinese drywall coverage decisions...

CDC Review Finds No Link Between Chinese Drywall, 11 Deaths

ATLANTA — A review provided to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health finds that there is no evidence linking exposure to problem drywall and 11 reported deaths. The CDC review confirms...

Settlement Reached With Supplier Of Tainted Chinese Drywall Products

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) Attorneys involved in MDL 2047 announced April 26 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.). The...

Preliminary $55M Settlement Reached With Florida Homeowners In Chinese Drywall Action

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) Parties in MDL 2047 announced June 14 that a preliminary $55 million settlement has been reached between Florida-based drywall suppliers, their insurers and a proposed class of homeowners whose properties were damaged by tainted Chinese drywall ( In re: Chinese-Manufactured...

Florida Firm OKs $55 Million Chinese Drywall Settlement

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A Miami-based supplier of tainted Chinese drywall agreed in a court filing Tuesday to a $55 million settlement of claims that the corrosive product damaged homes, all or nearly all of them in Florida. The proposed settlement, which requires approval from U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon...

The Dragas Management Chinese Drywall Saga Goes On

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 did...

Florida Federal Court: Pollution Exclusion Applies To Chinese Drywall Claims

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida has held on several occasions that the pollution exclusion applies to Chinese drywall claims. See, e.g., CDC Builders, Inc. v. Amerisure Mut. Ins. Co., 2011...

Parties In Defective Chinese Drywall Litigation Propose Class Action Settlement

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) Parties in the Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation in a Louisiana federal court on Dec. 15 announced a proposed class action settlement that would potentially resolve thousands of claims involving defective drywall manufactured by Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) ( In...

Judge Gives Preliminary OK To Settlement In Chinese Drywall Litigation

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over the Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation on Jan. 10 preliminarily approved a settlement that would resolve thousands of claims involving defective drywall manufactured by Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) ( In re: Chinese-Manufactured...

McCarter & English Update: Litigation Over Chinese Drywall Continues, With Some Clarity

By Nicholas Insua, Jason Alexander & Michael Smith, Attorneys, McCarter & English, LLP In their commentary, "Update: Chinese Drywall Litigation Continues," Nicholas Insua, Jason Alexander & Michael Smith of McCarter & English, LLP, first note that the housing boom of the mid...

Federal Judge Issues Order Approving 5 Defective Drywall Settlements

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over the massive Chinese-manufactured defective drywall litigation issued an order Feb. 7 approving five class action settlements with manufacturers, builders, suppliers and installers of Chinese drywall and their various insurers...