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No Action On Chinese Drywall Cases in Hampton Roads-Owners in Limbo

Two years have passed since Colleen Nguyen and her family left their spacious waterfront home in Virginia Beach’s Little Neck neighborhood.

It is one of hundreds in the region built with tainted Chinese-made drywall, which federal product safety regulators say emits sulfur gasses that corrode metal in homes. Homeowners say the fumes cause illness and make their homes unlivable.

These days, the home’s only inhabitants are the small spiders that spin cobwebs along barren kitchen and living room walls.

Nguyen is one of more than 170 Hampton Roads homeowners whose lives have been in limbo since the discovery of the problem drywall in the early months of 2009. The legal battle over who will pay to fix the properties is in its 26th month, with seemingly no resolution in sight. Many have abandoned their properties or lost them through foreclosure or bankruptcy. Others have sold their homes for sometimes less than half of what they paid.

When supplies of U.S.-made drywall became scarce in 2005 during the building boom, a Norfolk construction supplier imported more than 150,000 sheets of Chinese-made drywall. That was enough to build more than 300 homes.

One of the region’s largest builders – The Dragas Cos. – paid to fix 73 condos it built with the problem wallboard. In the Williamsburg VA area there have been a number of homes with Chinese Drywall that have been remediated by the builders. But many other local builders who constructed homes with the product have been unwilling or unable to fix them.

It’s been more than a year since a federal judge in New Orleans awarded $2.6 million to five Virginia homeowners in a lawsuit against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., the company that manufactured the drywall that was imported into Hampton Roads.

It was a short-lived victory. Taishan, which originally didn’t respond to the lawsuit, filed an appeal two months later. Now, the foreign company is challenging whether U.S. courts even have jurisdiction over it.

Meanwhile, local lawsuits against the drywall importer, developers and builders also have hit snags.

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