“Demonstration” Program to Help Homeowners in Four States with Chinese Drywall

NEW ORLEANS (October 14, 2010) –Baron & Budd joins in supporting an agreement in the litigation between the PSC and defendant Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin to establish a remediation program for homes impacted by Chinese Drywall problems.

This pilot program, funded by Knauf and a number of builders, drywall suppliers and their insurers, will include the removal of Chinese Drywall in up to 300 homes in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida. If it is successful, the program could be extended to other plaintiffs with the problem drywall.

Under the new agreement with Knauf, approximately 300 homeowners in four states will have their homes remediated through a process overseen by Knauf and inspected, once completed, by environmental engineers who will certify compliance with rigorous standards.

Chinese Drywall was imported into the U.S. between 2001 and 2006 after a housing boom resulted in a shortage of building materials. The defective drywall has been linked to serious property issues, such as corrosion of metal components and appliances, and even health issues, including headaches, bloody noses and difficulty breathing. States of particular concern include Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Nevada, California, Virginia and South Carolina.

 

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