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The Case of Defective Chinese Drywall

By Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C.  Sep. 10, 2013 5:10p

Many consumer products turn out to have defects which can pose problems for those who use them. These products can range from defective auto parts such as tires, brakes, airbags, and fuel lines to appliances, household goods, tainted food, children's gear, and construction equipment. One example of this type of product liability is the case of defective drywall from China that was used in the construction of homes built between 2002 and 2007. According to America's Watchdog Consumer Center, this drywall entered the United States in 2001; contractors and builders began using it shortly thereafter.

Authorities state that the drywall has been used in all 50 U.S. states but mainly in Louisiana, Florida, and Virginia. The drywall has been called toxic with a potential for health problems, electrical problems, and property damage. According to reports, this drywall leaks chemicals which are toxic and corrosive. It can lead to respiratory problems, nosebleeds, and headaches. It can also cause air conditioning units and electrical appliances to malfunction and turn copper tubing black. It may create a sulfur stench that pervades the residence. Homeowners of properties built with this drywall may lose the market value of their homes due to the contaminated product as well as risk their health. In 2009, many lawsuits concerning this drywall were consolidated into class action suits against Chinese manufacturers, importers, developers and others associated with the product.

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Product liability claims are just one type of personal injury case where negligence forms the underlying factor. Any negligence-based accident or incident which leads to the preventable injury or death of others may lead to an injury or wrongful death claim. These cases may be difficult to pursue when manufacturers or insurance companies try to avoid responsibility for the damages and losses incurred to victims. That is why it is vital to seek the services of an experienced and trusted legal firm in such cases.

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