U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon, the New Orleans federal judge overseeing consolidated U.S. lawsuits involving tainted Chinese drywall, has ordered the inspections of several homes in Florida, Louisiana, and seven other states to help set up a protocol for affected homes. The court-ordered inspection is intended to be an unbiased and consistent way to examine affected homes and document such damage as corrosion, odors, and search for marks identifying the manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers of the wallboard.

These inspections must take place quickly because Judge Fallon has indicated that the first Chinese drywall trial should take place in January 2010, and additional trials should follow very soon after.

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