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Chinese Drywall in 200 WCI Communities Homes Built in Florida

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At least 200 Florida homes built by WCI Communities Inc. could have  defective Chinese drywall.

“To date, and subject to further investigation and confirmation, the debtors have identified approximately 200 homes sold by the Debtors that may contain Chinese drywall,” WCI said in a disclosure statement filed July 2 in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware. WCI Communities first acknowledged using Chinese drywall early this year.  In January, it set aside $11 million to handle drywall claims.

According  to The Bradenton Herald, the Bonita Springs builder – which is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy – could face $40 million in Chinese drywall related claims. As we reported earlier this week, WCI’s bankruptcy plan includes a trust to help homeowners with Chinese drywall. The trust would be able to file lawsuits against drywall manufacturers and other responsible parties, the proceeds of which would fund remediation and pay for the damages inflicted on homeowners with Chinese drywall. The WCI trust would include $900,000 to pursue claims.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission has received more than 681 complaints from residents of 20 states regarding Chinese drywall.   The most reports – 510 – have come from Florida. Homeowners have complained that fumes from the Chinese drywall produce a “rotten eggs” odor that permeates their homes, and causes metal, including air conditioning coils and even jewelry, to corrode. Eye irritation, sinus problems and respiratory symptoms have also been reported among people living in homes containing Chinese drywall.

Earlier this month, we reported that Lennar Homes said that at least  400 homes it built in Florida  had drywall issues.   The builder also said it had put aside $39.8 million to repair the homes.

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