With seven Virginia families in effect representing their counterparts across the country, the New Orleans federal judge overseeing the consolidated, multidistrict Chinese drywall cases has scheduled the first trial for damages for a January 25 start date, according to HeraldTribune.com.
The plaintiffs in this initial federal case will be seven Virginia homeowners whose homes were allegedly contaminated by Chinese drywall manufactured by government-controlled Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., also known as Shandong Taihe Dongxin Co. Ltd. and Taian Taishan Plasterboard. The combined Virginia cases will be heard as a non-jury trial (i.e., a bench trial).
According to the Herald Tribune report, the homes of the Virginia families whose toxic injury claims will be heard in one court trial apparently all contained drywall imported by Norfolk-based Venture Supply.
U.S. District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon also said that he hopes to come up with a measure of damages in this initial Virginia case that can applied to other pending lawsuits going forward and to possibly craft a remedy that can apply to all homes with defective drywall issues.
The judge also said he is appointing New York City lawyer Michael K. Rozen, a high-profile attorney known for negotiating complicated settlement deals, to serve as a “special master” for the ongoing drywall litigation.
Many homeowners around the country have filed Chinese drywall lawsuits against the manufacturers, importers, suppliers, retailers, and builders seeking compensation for their damages and losses.
Homeowners in Virginia and several other states have been particularly hard hit by Chinese drywall. If your home contains Chinese drywall, or you suspect that it might, you need to know your legal rights immediately. Do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. for a no-obligation Virginia Chinese drywall consultation, Toll Free 877-544-5323.