Usually when you see a “Made in China” tag on a product, you
think nothing of it or, at the most, ponder over global economics and
the decrease of American manufacturing plants. But if you see that same
tag on the drywall in your home, you could be in serious trouble.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), defective or
otherwise hazardous drywall products have been shipped overseas from multiple
Chinese manufacturing plants and companies with little to no regulation
since 2001. The so-called Chinese drywall is thought to have been distributed
and installed in homes, offices, and more in at least 44 states and as
recently as 2007. The telltale sign of Chinese drywall is a strong scent
of rotten eggs, as the primary defect is a high sulfur level.
A foul odor is not the only problem consumers and homeowners have encountered.
Due to the sulfur content, metal portions within or on walls, such as
inner support beams or electrical channeling, corrode or blacken at an
alarming rate; electronics and HVAC units fail more frequently than can
be explained; and continued exposure to the drywall has reportedly caused
headaches, bloody noses, difficulty breathing, and even asthma attacks.
Chinese Drywall Lawsuits
A recent report from the
Louisiana Record (seen in full
here) covers a couple in New Orleans who have brought a lawsuit against several
parties for sulfur-laden Chinese drywall within their homes. They are citing
millions worth of recoveries necessary to fully replace all of the drywall in their
home, as well as damage it has caused to their property and health. It
highlights the importance of bringing
product liability lawsuits to court and holding negligent parties responsible for the defective
and dangerous items they bring into consumer homes.
Do you suspect Chinese drywall is in your home or business without your
Contact our Stuart product liability attorneys at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. Through a
free case evaluation, we could help you figure out if you have a case that should go to court. Dial
866-675-4427 for more information.