cdcdrywall01032011 The centers for disease control have released some findings which are attached for your review. The attorneys at Olson & Good make no representations and have formed no opinions regarding the health and safety issues that may or may not exist as we are not health professionals. It is worthy of mention, however, as … Continue reading Chinese Drywall News from CDC regarding health
Over the past ten years, my construction defect practice has led me to believe that most lawsuits arise over some sort of condition which is perpetuated by public sentiment. EIFS and Mold cases served to create an entire niche of experts, or professional witnesses equipped with equipment of all kinds, some being more sophisticated than … Continue reading May a homeowner recover for “stigma damage”? The wrecked car syndrome applied to South Carolina Construction Law
Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Ltd. has reportedly settled with Beazer Homes for $800,000 for an unspecified number of homes that may have contained drywall that was tainted. As the blog author and a representative of my firm, Olson Good & Brown, I would like to warn against speculation as settlements like these are typically kept … Continue reading Manufacturer Knauf Plasterboard Reportedly Settles with Beazer
The economic loss rule is a doctrine that is treated differently depending on jurisdiction. As recently as 2009, South Carolina made a signigicant ruling int he Colleton Prep decision, which was soon overturned. Lousiana law has implications on Chinese Drywall litigants from Virginia, where the case might have recieved different treatment.
Chinese Drywall refers to that particular drywall product manufactured and imported from China, although manufactured by at least one European country via a subsidiary. Chinese Drywall was incorporated into buildings, houses, and other construction products between 2004 and 2008 due to a claimed "shortage" in the US made product which was caused by the overly active hurricane seasons and restoration efforts during those years on the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast. As class actions and other lawsuits are being filed, insurance companies, suppliers, builders, and the home buying public are curious as to how liability (CGL) policies will treat property damage claims.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) have released some guidelines to help homeowners determine if, in fact, their residences are built with defective drywall. The guidance, or “protocol”, as defined by the release points to visible indicators such as metal corrosion, evidence of drywall installation in the … Continue reading Chinese Drywall Information and Recommendations from Consumer Agencies Issued in February