According to The Miami Herald, a jury found the manufacturers of Chinese drywall liable for damaging a couple’s home, giving them $1.1 million for the dangerous material. This verdict is the first time a jury has ruled in a case involving all defendants in the distribution chain behind the drywall, which is the subject of litigation talks across the nation.
The jury found Knauf Plasterboard, a Chinese drywall manufacturer in Tianjin China, and its German affiliate, Knauf Gips, responsible for most of the damages caused by the drywall. The couple sued the makers of the drywall, stating that they experienced headaches and nosebleeds from foul-smelling gasses emitted from the drywall, along with damage to copper pipes and wiring.
The jury issued the Knauf companies a total of 94 percent of liability in the case, with the Florida distributor of the drywall, Banner Supply Co., getting 5 percent and placing the remaining blame on the developers. A trial later this month will decide how much the Knauf companies must pay in punitive damages for the defective material.
I Have Been Harmed by Chinese Drywall and I Need an Experienced Attorney
Colson Hicks Eidson remains a leader in products liability litigation. In 2010, Colson Hicks Eidson obtained a $2.5 million award for a Miami couple in the nation’s first Chinese drywall jury trial. This groundbreaking lawsuit opened the door for homeowners harmed by imported drywall to hold suppliers accountable. Our firm will continue to stand up for Chinese drywall victims, leading the fight against negligent companies who knowingly sold and distributed this toxic product to U.S. consumers.
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