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Attorney General Alerts Consumers to Important Deadline in Chinese Drywall

Attorney General Bill McCollum today issued a consumer  advisory alerting homeowners whose homes contain allegedly defective  Chinese drywall manufactured by Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. to  an opportunity to ensure their claims against the company are preserved.

Knauf is one of several Chinese drywall manufacturers accused in a private  class action lawsuit pending in federal court in Louisiana, of importing  defective drywall into the United States during the recent housing boom.

The company has agreed to accept service of a single lawsuit that will be  filed on December 9, 2009 in the Louisiana federal court However, under  the court’s order, homeowners with homes containing the allegedly  defective Knauf drywall who wish to be included in the lawsuit must submit  claims to the lead counsel in the lawsuit on or before December 2, 2009.

Because the Attorney General is not involved in the private lawsuit,  homeowners considering whether they should submit a form and participate  in the action should consult with a private attorney regarding any legal  questions. The Attorney General cannot offer legal advice as to whether a  homeowner should join the legal proceeding.

Affected consumers who wish to be included as plaintiffs in this  litigation against Knauf must submit a completed transmittal chart and  proof that their properties contain Knauf-manufactured drywall.  This  information must be received by Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel by December 2,  2009. Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel is Arnold Levin of Levin, Fishbein, Sedran  & Berman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Claims may be submitted by e-mail  at the following e-mail address:  .  They may also be  faxed to the attention of Arnold Levin, Esq. at 215-592-4663. Acceptable  forms of proof include photographs of the drywall found in the consumer’s  home, with any labeling clearly shown.

Additionally, a fully completed and signed Plaintiff Profile Form must be  submitted to Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel by December 10, 2009. Plaintiffs’

Liaison counsel is Russ M. Herman of the New Orleans firm of Herman,  Herman, Katz & Cotler, LLP. The Plaintiff Profile Form is attached below.

The Form may be submitted to the following e-mail address:


All questions regarding either the transmittal chart or the Plaintiff  Profile Form, as well as any aspect of the pending litigation, should be  directed to the counsel listed above.

The defective drywall allegedly emits unpleasant and potentially harmful  sulfur gasses that not only corrode metal found throughout homes, in air  conditioners and household appliances, but may adversely affect residents’

health. Florida has an estimated 35,000 homes that may contain Chinese  drywall, including Knauf Chinese drywall.  The number of homes affected in  Florida constitute approximately 30 percent of the homes in the United  States containing the allegedly defective product. The Chinese drywall is  believed to have been used primarily in homes built or remodeled between

2004 and 2008. To help homeowners determine whether the drywall in their  home was manufactured by Knauf, photos of Knauf’s drywall can be found at:


Knauf will only waive formal service under the Hague Convention of the  complaint filed on December 9, 2009. Homeowners who submit all of the  required paperwork by the December 2, 2009 deadline may avoid the burden  of serving the complaint on Knauf in compliance with Chinese law. Knauf  has indicated that it will not waive formal service for any other lawsuit.

A copy of the form transmittal chart is available online at:$file/TransmittalChart.pdf

A copy of the Plaintiff Profile Form is available online at:$file/PlaintiffProfileForm.pdf♠

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Nov 23 2009. Filed under Broward County, Crime, Environmental, Events, Local news, Parkland, Tallahassee. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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