2,000+ Chinese Drywall Claimants Join Massive Class Action LawsuitDec 10, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP A massive Chinese drywall class action lawsuit was filed yesterday in Louisiana federal court. According to a report on foxlive8.com, the Chinese drywall lawsuit includes more than 2,000 plaintiffs, and names Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co., Ltd., along with 600 others, as defendants.
So far, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has received 2,276 reports from residents in 32 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico concerning Chinese drywall. Tests recently released by the agency of 51 homes confirmed that the presence of hydrogen sulfide is the essential component that causes copper and silver sulfide corrosion found in Chinese drywall homes.
The CPSC study also found elevated formaldehyde readings in both control and complaint homes. Both formaldehyde and hydrogen sulfide are known irritants at sufficiently high levels. While the concentrations measured in this study were below those levels, the CPSC said investigators believe that the additive or synergistic effects of these and other compounds in the subject homes could cause irritant effects seen in the homes. The CPSC is still trying to determine the long-term hazards posed by the contaminated drywall.
Thousands of homeowners have filed suit over defective Chinese drywall, and all pending federal cases have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation currently underway in New Orleans. The first bellwether trial in that litigation are expected to begin in January, and is expected to involve a case out of Virginia.
Incidentally, foxlive8.com is reporting that New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was named a lead plaintiff in the massive Chinese drywall lawsuit that was filed yesterday. We reported over the summer that Payton had been forced from his home because of problems attributed to Chinese drywall. Fumes from the drywall in his Mandeville residence had allegedly caused electrical devices to fail repeatedly, and turned sterling silver jewelry black. Various media outlets reported that Payton's family had experienced five computer failures, three microwave oven panel failures, and had an entire set of phone lines replaced.