Chinese drywall victims in Florida will have a chance to have their questions answered at a special town hall meeting in Bonita Springs tomorrow night. The event is being sponsored by Parker Waichman LLP and Morgan & Morgan, P.A., which together filed the first federal lawsuit on behalf of Chinese drywall victims.
The Chinese drywall town hall meeting is being held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Jordan L. Chaikin of Parker Waichman LLP and Michael Goetz of Morgan & Morgan, P.A. are hosting the event. They and their co-counsel will share information on legal rights as related to personal injury and property damage and will provide an update on the progress of the litigation in New Orleans, LA. Topics to be addressed include: How to determine if a home was built with Chinese drywall; the effects of Chinese drywall on health and property; and who are the responsible parties. An open forum discussion will also be held.
Spiderman Mulholland, Senior Forensic investigator and national consultant with US Building Consultants, Inc. and US Building Laboratories, Inc., will be a featured speaker at the meeting. A Certified Indoor Environmentalist Consultant and leading forensic expert on building envelope, water intrusion, and toxic mold, Spiderman Mulholland has logged over 600 hours in the past several months working on the defective Chinese drywall crisis.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission has received more than 600 complaints from residents of 21 states regarding Chinese drywall. At least 12 class action lawsuits involving this material have been filed in 33 states against builders, suppliers and manufacturers. Homeowners have complained that fumes from the Chinese drywall produce a “rotten eggs” odor that permeates their homes, and causes metal, including air conditioning coils and even jewelry, to corrode. Eye irritation, sinus problems and respiratory symptoms have also been reported among people living in homes containing Chinese drywall.
Recently, tests conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that Chinese-manufactured drywall contained elevated levels of strontium sulfide, as well as several organic compounds associated with the production of acrylic paint which were not present in samples of U.S.-made drywall. Recently, some concerns have arisen that some Chinese drywall could also be radioactive. According to an LA Times investigation, some Chinese drywall manufacturers used phosphogypsum â€“ a radioactive phosphorous substance â€“ to manufacture wallboard. At least four manufacturers told the Times that drywall made with phosphogypsum was shipped to the U.S. in 2006. Phosphogypsum contains radium which, over time, can increase lung cancer risks. Phosphogypsum has been banned in the U.S. for use in construction since 1989.