Chinese drywall litigation is fully underway, and discovery is uncovering some surprises. 

Recently, it was reported that 36 different marks have been identified in homes affected by Chinese drywall.  This is a much higher number of variations than was originally expected, and it may mean that the number of manufacturers and distributors responsible for the toxic drywall is also much higher than expected.  

Some of the different marks could be variations used by single manufacturers, but the following new names showed up in disclosures:  International Materials Trading, Crescent City Gypsum Inc., Dragon Brand Drywall, ProWall and BNBM, the Chinese government-owned entity that controls Tiashan Gypsum Co. Ltd. 

At the recent hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon, who is presiding over all the Chinese drywall cases in the federal multidistrict litigation, warned Chinese manufacturer Taishan Gypsum Co. and other defendants in the case that they needed to respond the lawsuit or he might enter default judgments against them.  A default judgment is a ruling that the defendant is liable for the plaintiff’s damages without the plaintiff having to prove the defendant’s liability. It is a penalty for failing to do what is required by the court.

For the full story, go to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.