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Hampton Roads families seek $2.6M for Chinese drywall damage

About $2.6 million is on the line for seven Hampton Roads families fighting for compensation from the manufacturer of the Chinese drywall that ravaged their homes. That’s just a sliver of the millions more that could be doled out to others if they win their case. Thousands of Americans are waiting in the wings for […]

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Chinese Drywall bill clears Congress awaits Presidents signature

Congress has taken action to stop the spread of tainted drywall blamed for corroding pipes and causing breathing problems in thousands of homes in Florida and 38 other states. The bill essentially bans high-sulfur building products and also raised hopes that homeowners will be able to bring Chinese manufacturers to court to recover the cost […]

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Hampton Roads contractor keeps Chinese Drywall suit alive.

A local contractor won a minor victory in an appeal of its claim for damages against its insurance carriers, which refused to cover the costs of replacing tainted Chinese drywall. A Norfolk federal judge had dismissed a $5 million suit brought by Dragas Management Corp., ruling that because Dragas voluntarily did the work, the insurance […]

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$13M settlement reached in Chinese drywall cases

Insurance companies and local attorneys representing Hampton Roads homeowners who had sulfur-emitting drywall made in China installed in their homes reached a $13 million settlement June 20 in Norfolk Circuit Court. The settlement involves companies that imported and sold the drywall, as well as numerous other builders and firms involved in the cases, and about […]

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Chinese Drywall Settlement Imminent in Hampton Roads

A legal settlement between Hampton Roads homeowners whose properties were built with tainted Chinese-made drywall and the companies they filed suits against is expected to be announced today during a hearing at the Norfolk Circuit Court, according to an attorney involved in the cases. More than 170 homeowners in the region have sued local companies […]

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Hampton Roads Chinese Drywall Issue Gains Attention

Representatives Scott Rigell ; Bobby Scott; Randy Forbes; and Rob Wittman – all of whom are members of the Congressional Chinese Drywall Caucus – announced legislation that will prevent hazardous Chinese drywall from being imported into the United States and ensure that existing drywall is properly disposed of so that it does not enter the […]

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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 […]

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CDC Review Finds No Link Between Chinese Drywall and 11 Reported Deaths in U.S.

A review provided to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health finds that there is no evidence linking exposure to Chinese Drywall and 11 reported deaths in Louisiana, Florida and Virginia homes . The CDC said in the report that the […]

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Deal To Fix Homes With Chinese Drywall Going Well

CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) ― A pilot program to fix homes that were built with tainted drywall made by a major Chinese manufacturer is progressing well and will likely expand, a federal judge said Thursday. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon said a test program to repair up to 300 homes in Florida, […]

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Details On Chinese Drywall Settlement In Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida

Christopher A. Seeger of Seeger Weiss LLP  part of a negotiating team that included Arnold Levin of Levin Fishbein Sedran & Berman and Russ M. Herman of Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, LLP, have obtained a breakthrough settlement to remediate homes affected by Chinese drywall in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida.  The agreement was reached […]

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300 Chinese Drywall Homes To Be Repaired

Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co, a Chinese drywall manufacturer facing thousands of homeowners’ court claims and several other companies have agreed to pay to repair 300 homes in four states in a pilot program, an attorney involved in the deal said Wednesday. Homeowners in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi whose homes had drywall manufactured by Knauf. […]

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IRS To Give Tax Break To Chinese Drywall Homeowners

In the first large-scale effort by the federal government to provide financial relief to owners of properties with toxic drywall, the Internal Revenue Service has announced it would allow homeowners with problem drywall to treat the damages incurred as a casualty loss for tax purposes. To receive the tax break, homeowners must have started the […]

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James City County Drops Assessments on Chinese Drywall homes to $100

James City County  has agreed to reduce assessments on every home with Chinese Drywall to $100. James City County supervisors had previously asked staff to look into the possibility of offering residents with corrosive Chinese drywall in their homes a substantial tax break. Chairman Jim Kennedy said some people in his district had contacted him […]

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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 […]

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Judge awards VA Homeowners $2.6M in Chinese drywall case

Consumer advocates hailed a ruling Thursday in Louisiana federal court that awarded $2.6 million to seven Virginia families who bought homes built with Chinese drywall. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon handed down the first award in a Chinese drywall lawsuit. He awarded property damages, personal property damages, and an amount for loss of use and […]

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HUD and CPSC Issue Guidance on Repairing Homes With Chinese Drywall

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today issued interim remediation guidance to help homeowners struggling to rid their properties of problem drywall linked to corrosion of metal in their homes such as electrical components. “This guidance, based on the CPSC’s ongoing scientific research, is […]

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Virginia forms Chinese Drywall Task Force

Jim Cheng the, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade has appointed a task force to develop the state’s strategy for dealing with drywall from China that has prompted complaints nationwide. Cheng decided to form the group after a visit last month to Newport News, where dozens of homes in Hollymeade have been identified as containing […]

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Judge Weighs damages in Chinese Drywall Case

Some Virginia homeowners who are plaintiffs in the first federal Chinese drywall trial gave testimony yesterday about the toll the disaster has taken on their lives. According to a report in the Associated Press, their testimony at times became emotional. At least 3,000 people from across the country have filed suit over defective Chinese drywall. […]

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Chinese Drywall Bills Fails to pass the House

A House committee Thursday voted down two bills dealing with insurance coverage of Chinese drywall. The first would have ensured that Virginia home-owners could file claims with their home insurance companies for property damage caused by Chinese-made drywall. The second would have prevented home insurers from canceling policies or raising rates on properties because they […]

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Bill passed to keep Insurers from Cancelling policies on Chinese Drywall Homes

A bill to prevent home insurers from canceling policies or raising rates on homeowners because their properties were built with Chinese-made drywall passed the Virginia Senate on Monday. The bill was introduced by State Sen. John C. Miller, D-Newport News. A similar bill, introduced in the House by Del. Glenn Oder, R-Newport News, is still […]

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Chinese Drywall Town Hall Meeting

Nearly 150 people  attended a town hall meeting in Williamsburg hosted by  Richard J. Serpe, an attorney representing about 70 families whose homes contain Chinese drywall. Many were from Hollymeade Village, a Newport News town-home development. Others were from Williamsburg-area developments. They’re among about 2,775 reports of the defective building material that have surfaced in […]

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HUD to help Chinese Drywall Victims

HUD has issued a press release stating that they are now offering assistance to homeowners with FHA loans who have defective drywall. HUD has instructed FHA approved lenders to offer special forbearance to homeowners faced with financial hardship due to the effects of defective drywall.

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House Passes Resolution to Aid Chinese Drywall Victims

By a vote of 419 to 1 the House of Representatives today approved Congressman Glenn Nye’s resolution (H.Con.Res.197) asking banks and mortgage servicers to provide assistance to homeowners struggling with toxic drywall in their homes. Nye has been leading the effort in Congress to deliver relief to families in Hampton Roads affected by toxic drywall.

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Hampton Roads Homeowners in Chinese Drywall Lawsuit

Seven Hampton Roads homes built with tainted Chinese-made drywall will be the focus of the first federal trial involving the building material. The goal of the first trial, set to go forward in New Orleans on Jan. 25, will be to figure out how much it will cost to fix the homes. The local homes […]

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More Chinese Drywall Issues in Hampton Roads/ VA Beach

A builder has told homeowners in the Highland Parish neighborhood in VA Beach that it thinks some of their homes may have been built with tainted Chinese-made drywall. John Ainslie, Ainslie Group president for construction, sent a letter to some homeowners in the Highland Parish  community stating that Chinese produced drywall may have been installed […]

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Chinese Drywall issues to cost millions to fix in Hampton Roads VA

A group including Senators Mark Warner,  Glenn Nye and Bobby Scott traveled  Hampton Roads yesterday to meet with families who own homes damaged by toxic Chinese drywall. Joining them was the nation’s top consumer safety official  Inez Tenenbaum chairwoman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC is the agency leading the investigation into […]

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Nye Asks Banks, Mortgage Lenders to Aid Chinese Drywall Victims

In order to aid homeowners with chinese drywall issues Congressman Glenn Nye (VA-02) is asking banks and mortgage servicers to provide assistance to homeowners struggling with toxic drywall. On Thursday, Nye announced that he had introduced a Concurrent Resolution (H.Con.Res. 197) in the House of Representatives, calling on mortgage holders to allow homeowners to apply […]

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More Chinese Drywall issues in Wellington/ James City County

From an article by Leslie Wayne/ New York Times: When Bill Morgan, a retired policeman, moved into his newly built dream home in Williamsburg, Va., three years ago, his hopes were quickly dashed. Bill Morgan blames Chinese drywall for toxic fumes and corrosion in components of his home. Bill Morgan had to abandon his newly […]

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Chinese Drywall believed to be used in Williamsburg VA homes.

One of the first cases of Chinese drywall has been confirmed in the Wellington subdivision in James City County VA, according to James City County officials.  Code Compliance director Doug Murrow indicated that Wellington  homeowners were finding corrosion in electrical devices and a sulfurous, rotten-egg smell, but they had no health complaints. It is the […]

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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 […]

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