Chinese Drywall (almost) Global Settlement

Today there was a big announcement, and very positive news from the front lines of the ever controversial Chinese Drywall Multi-District Litigation (MDL). A global settlement has been agreed to in terms and will be filed with the Federal Court on December 20, 2011. For those of us working every day with Chinese Drywall claimants, […]

IRS Aid to Help Victims of Chinese Drywall

Just last week the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a plan to help homeowners who have corrosive Chinese Drywall in their home with tax breaks on items that have been destroyed as a result of the Drywall. IRS website gives a good break down on the relief effort affecting repairs for drywall losses from drywall […]

What Are Engineers Looking For in Chinese Drywall Inspections?

With more than 3000 homes involved in some form of litigation over Chinese Drywall, engineers of all sorts are being called upon to investigate the infected properties and report on its conclusions. The Chinese Drywall problem, however, presents a lot of practical and scientific challenges. As engineers scratch the surface of these claims, they find […]

Analyzing Orleans Parish Decision Striking Homeowners Insurance Co.’s Affirmative Defenses

Last week, it was widely reported that Orleans Parish Judge Medley issued a ruling striking certain policy exclusions relied upon by a home insurer in denying a Chinese Drywall claim. We posted about the news on our blogs as well. Since then, the plaintiff's motion and the judge's actual order has circulated through news agencies […]

CPSC Stiff Recommendations Positive Development for Homeowner Claims

While the country waited for federal Judge Fallon to issue his ruling concerning the remediation requirements in homes with Chinese Drywall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released a report of its own calling for applicable homes to remediate the problem by removing and replacing all drywall, fire alarm equipment, sprinkler systems, electrical equipment, wiring […]

Orleans Parish Judge Says Insurance On The Hook for Chinese Drywall

In the past, we've discussed whether homeowner insurance policies will be liable for Chinese Drywall damages.   This week, Judge Medley in Orleans Parish Civil District Court gave Louisiana it's first answer holding that the exclusions relied upon by the Defendant insurance companies didn't make the cut. Of course, the Defendant insurance company (Audubon Insurance […]

Will Your Insurance Company Cover Illnesses Associated With Chinese Drywall?

This article was written by Chris Wilson. Thousands of people across the country have purchased new homes that contain Chinese Drywall. Unfortunately, the result has been devastating financial and health problems. People living with Chinese drywall have had a number of health effects such as breathing difficulties, coughing, acne, asthma attacks, bloody nose, dizziness, irritated […]

Progress towards LRA Grants for Drywall Victims…But We’re Not There Yet

Those living with Chinese Drywall in Louisiana received good news today about the Louisiana Recovery Authority's efforts to grant them financial relief.   While the news is good, the program is not complete and the funds aren't quite ready to be distributed. A few weeks ago, the Louisiana Recovery Authority set aside $5 million for Chinese […]

Fast Action Required To Make Homeowners Insurance Claims

In the past, we discussed whether Homeowners Insurance will be liable for Chinese Drywall damages in Louisiana.  While the jury is still out on this issue, we've posted on a number of occasions that the courts may very well find coverage for chinese drywall losses within homeowner insurance policies. Now, many are reporting that a […]

How Bad Are The Damages…And What Does That Mean Legally?

Chinese Drywall talk is riddled with hearsay. Is it or is it not bad for your health?   Must the drywall be replaced completely, or can a filtration system solve the problem?   Will the corrosive elements cross-contaminate into other components of the home, or is it isolated in the drywall only? These questions certainly have practical […]