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Toxic Chinese Drywall Cases Get Certified By A Federal Court

For those who have been following the Chinese Dry Wall dialogues, a federal court judge yesterday certified a class action lawsuit against distributors and manufacturers of the toxic drywall. A Miami judge certified the case involving 152 families based on product liability. According to Bloomberg, over 2100 people, nationally, are plaintiffs in coordinated nationwide federal drywall litigation. There may be as many as 40,000 plaintiffs out there. Florida and Louisiana seem to be the two current hotbeds, in part because of their high levels of humidity  During the building boom, hundreds of millions of pounds of drywall was shipped to ports around the United States from China. By June 2008, the state Department of Health had received its first complaint of sulfur odors from a homeowner. Toxicology testing that followed showed some drywall imported from China appeared to be emitting sulfur-based gases that corrode metal, although no cause had been determined. A task force has been assembled composed of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, The EPA, The Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urbana Development. Testing continues but a partial study has revealed that drywall made in China emits higher levels of sulfur and strontium then U. S. made product. The complaints being made claim that the drywall emissions cause corrosion to metal and air conditioning cores, blackened electrical wires and jewelry. Health complaints have alleged that the gases irritate eyes, causes bloody noses, rashes and insomnia. These product liability claims are being vigorously pursued by trial attorneys across the country whose work make our homes and workplaces safer. Dennis F Feeley

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