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Chinese Drywall Maker Appeals Ruling

In April 2010, U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon in New Orleans  awarded damages to seven Hampton Roads homeowners whose properties were built with Chinese-made drywall. Attorneys had selected seven homes in Virginia – one in Virginia Beach, two in Newport News and four in Williamsburg – to serve as a cross-section of homes affected by the drywall across the country.

Fallon ruled that all drywall in the homes should be removed, along with all items that have suffered corrosion as a result of the drywall and anything damaged in the process of removal.

Because Taishan did not respond to lawsuits, Fallon entered a default judgment against the company last fall.

The Chinese manufacturer has now appealed the federal court decision. homeowners.

Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd.’s filing on Thursday marks the first time that the company owned by the Chinese government has responded to any lawsuit filed against it in the United States

The company’s appeal and notice of appearance this week renewed hope that the company eventually might pay damages to homeowners.

Taishan never even acknowledged the lengthy trial that led to the judgments, until now. Taishan attorneys filed a "Notice to Appeal" the ruling for the seven homeowners.

The document filed in a federal appellate court seeks to dismiss all findings, and start over. Local attorney Richard who represented the homeowners in the suit  said, "Taishan is not going to be able to take an eraser and pretend that none of this happened then start over again. I think this is a recognition that Taishan understands this case is going to proceed to collections against them… When they decided not to show up, they waived a lot of their rights. They waived their right to trial by jury. They waived their right to challenge the evidence that was introduced."

Sepre has requested that the case be certified a "class" that would include as many as 400 homeowners. Each could stand to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars for the impact of defective drywall.


When supplies of U.S.-made drywall became scarce in 2005 during the building boom, now-defunct Norfolk construction supplier Venture Supply Inc. imported enough Taishan-made drywall to build more than 300 homes. The drywall has since has been found in scores of homes across the region.

In the fall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that the wallboard emits higher levels of volatile sulfur gases than typical U.S.-made drywall and is likely causing metal corrosion in homes. Homeowners claim the product also causes respiratory illness.

The commission later recommended that homeowners rip out the problem wallboard, electrical wiring and natural gas piping.

The judge’s ruling went further, stating that all drywall should be removed, along with appliances, carpet and hardwood flooring, cabinets and trim. Fallon said in his ruling that it is neither cost-effective nor scientifically possible to remove just the tainted wallboard in a home where both domestic and Chinese drywall was used.

The damages Fallon awarded also took into account the expense of relocating while remediation work is being done, as well as other expenses caused by the drywall, such as bankruptcy or foreclosure.

Taishan’s appeal, filed in New Orleans late Thursday, contained little information on how the company planned to appeal judge’s decision.

Read more about Chinese Drywall issues in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads VA here


5395 This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again. 

Have a question about Williamsburg VA real estate ?  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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