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Defective Chinese drywall
In early 2009, defective Chinese drywall came to the homebuilding and legal forefronts. About 100,000 recently-built U.S. homes, with most of them in the state of Florida, are reportedly affected by drywall imported from China that is tainted with corrosive and noxious sulfur compounds, giving off a "rotten egg" odor.
The discovery of sulfur-leeching compounds within the drywall materials has generated a national investigation, countless lawsuits, and a problem that is estimated to run into the billions of dollars.
Of course, American suppliers and home builders (such as Lennar Homes) are reluctant to take responsibility, while the overseas manufacturers are evading liability, and struggling insurance companies are often denying claims while hoping another party will pick up the costs. Victimized homeowners are often facing gutting of their homes, if not complete leveling of the site by bulldozer, if the local building inspection finds that corroded wires and ductwork make the residence unsafe.
If your home has been built with this defective drywall from China, you should contact an attorney.
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Some lawmakers are advocating for a state of emergency, to initiate the flow of federal disaster aid.
It is said that over a half-billion pounds of drywall were imported from China between 2004 and 2007 when the construction trend was very strong and domestically-produced materials were in short supply. Demand in Florida was especially heightened by the construction efforts that followed the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.
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