Chinese Drywall. What About It?


Lawsuits related to Chinese drywall, including numerous class actions, have been filed in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and Ohio (involving a Florida house). More lawsuits are being filed every day, with lawyers in South Florida hosting meetings with homeowners and homeowner associations to discuss options – and ultimately, litigation.

Several homeowners have filed class actions. These class action plaintiffs will attempt to represent themselves and “others similarly situated who own homes in the United States that contain defective drywall that was designed, tested, manufactured, marketed, wholesales, supplied and/or sold” by the defendant manufacturers and suppliers.

Many homeowners are bringing lawsuits solely on their own behalf. These lawsuits have been filed against developers, general contractors, drywall installers, supply houses, distributors, and even the Chinese manufacturers.

The lawsuits include claims for breach of contract, negligence, breach of warranty, unjust enrichment, and private nuisance. Some suits request equitable relief seeking medical monitoring of the effects of exposure to the defective drywall on homeowners. All of the lawsuits have been filed recently, and more are filed every week.

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