Chinese Drywall: April 2009 Archives

April 20, 2009

Florida Residents Begin Chinese Drywall Lawsuits

Florida personal injury attorneys and residents are striking back against the manufacturers of Chinese drywall that is alleged to emit sulfur gases and other fumes by filing lawsuits in federal court.  The popular South Florida developer Lennar has also been recently named as a party in connection with the Chinese drywall litigation.  Lennar, with numerous developments throughout Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach counties, says that it has established a reserve fund to pay for replacement of the defective drywall as well as other home components damaged by the fumes emitted by the drywall such as air conditioning systems.

An estimated 35,000 homes in Florida have been exposed to defective Chinese drywall.  The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has begun air quality testing to determine if the sulfuric gases emitted from the drywall make people sick.  The DOH created an investigation criteria for Florida home owners whose houses were built after 2003 (two or more items must be present):
  • Sulfuric smell or unusual odor within home
  • Confirmation that drywall was made in China
  • Black sooty coating on uninsulated copper pipe indicative of errosion
  • Failure of A/C evaporator coil
  • Expert confirmation of premature copper corrosion
South Florida houses built prior to 2004 may still meet the investigative criteria if three or more of the above listed criteria are present.

Although no direct link between any medical condition and Chinese drywall has been confirmed, many experts claim that sulfur-based gases may aggravate existing sinus issues and cause other respiratory problems.  Many South Florida residents have complained of jewelry and electrical wiring turning black and metals corroding.  South Florida personal injury attorneys are working to obtain compensation for the damage done by this potentially toxic and dangerous building product.

West Palm Beach City Hall recently played host to Rep. Robert Wexler (D) of Boca Raton and Senator Bill Nelson (D) who addressed the concerns of South Florida residents potentially exposed to the sulfur gases.  Sen. Nelson called for the resignation of the acting chief of the U.S. Consumer Product & Safety Commission and said too little was being done to stem the tide of potential injuries and damages from defective Chinese drywall.

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