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Va Beach Homeowners gain traction in Chinese-drywall fight

A Circuit Court judge on Wednesday entered a default judgment against the Chinese manufacturer that produced the tainted drywall that emits corrosive fumes that made some local homes unlivable.

It was the first time that Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. had appeared in a local court, more than two years after the company was first named as a defendant in a lawsuit. The company has since been named in numerous lawsuits in Virginia and across the country.

Taishan sold more than 150,000 sheets of drywall to a Norfolk construction supplier in 2005 and 2006, when U.S.-made wallboard became scarce during the building boom. Federal product safety regulators have found that the drywall emits gases that corrode metal in homes and recommended it be ripped out of homes.

In the case related to Wednesday’s hearing, Ben and Holly Proto of Virginia Beach sued several firms including Venture Supply Inc., the Norfolk company that imported the Chinese drywall. Venture Supply later named Taishan as a third-party defendant and served the company in China in December 2010. The Chinese company didn’t respond to the suit within the 21 days required by law.

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