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MDL Urged for Chinese Drywall Lawsuits

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Parties involved in Chinese drywall lawsuits from around the country have petitioned to have them consolidated and transferred to a single jurisdiction.

Earlier this month, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation  in Louisville, KY heard oral arguments requesting that all pending Chinese drywall cases filed around the country be consolidated and transferred to one jurisdiction.  A multidistrict litigation (MDL) allows all cases to be coordinated under one judge for pretrial litigation to avoid duplicative discovery, inconsistent rulings and to conserve the resources of the parties, witnesses and the court. When lawsuits are consolidated as an MDL each retains its own identity. If the MDL process does not resolve the cases, they are transferred back to the court where they originated for trial.

Parker Waichman LLP, a law firm in Bonita Springs, Florida  filed the first federal class action on behalf of drywall victims in January.  The firm was among those who argued that the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division was the appropriate jurisdiction for the drywall litigation.  According to attorney Jordan Chaikin, the firm favors this venue because Southwest Florida was the site of the first Chinese drywall complaints.

According to Chaikin, some of the main domestic defendants involved in the Chinese drywall litigation – namely U.S Gypsum and L&W Supply Co. – support Parker Waichman LLP’s choice of forum in the Middle District of Florida. A Transfer Order from the Panel is expected by mid-June.

Homeowners in at least 16 states have complained that fumes from Chinese-made drywall produce a “rotten eggs” odor and cause metals, such as air conditioning coils, to corrode. The fumes have also been associated with respiratory and sinus problems in some residents. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the U.S. imported roughly 309 million square feet of drywall from China during the housing boom from 2004 to 2007. While the first complaints about the material came from Florida, homeowners in many other states – including Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and North Carolina – have reported problems.

Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released results of tests it conducted that compared Chinese drywall to American-made material. The tests found sulfur and two organic compounds associated with acrylic paint in the Chinese drywall that were not present in the American wallboard. The agency said more testing is needed to determine if any of the compounds found in the Chinese drywall are responsible for problems reported by homeowners.

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