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Extension Granted in WCI Bankruptcy for Filing Chinese Drywall Claims

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A group of people seeking to file Chinese drywall claims against bankrupt Florida builder  WCI Communities  now have until July 15  to do so.

WCI Communities is one of several Florida builders whose homes have been the subject of Chinese drywall complaints. As we reported previously, WCI – which had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy last August – acknowledged using Chinese drywall in some of its homes  three days after the Feb. 2 deadline for creditors to file claims in the bankruptcy case had passed.

According to naplesnews.com, the bankruptcy judge originally extended the deadline for filing proof of claims in the WCI bankruptcy to May 11.   According to the motion ordering the second extension, much of the information emerging about potential problems with the drywall came after the first February deadline, including a case definition established by the Florida Department of Health. All of the drywall claimants in WCI case fit that definition, naplesnews.com said.

The motion granting the July 15 extension names a group of about 50 homeowners, and specified several Parkland developments, including the Parkland Golf and Country Club on the Florida’s east coast, naplesnews.com said.

Homeowners in at least 18 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.

Last month, 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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