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Florida jury hands $2.4 million in defective Chinese-made drywall case.

Jury in Florida announced $2.4 million in settlement to a couple in damages incurred due to faulty Chinese sulfur-emitting drywalls that caused corrosion to their dream house.

The decision came in favor of Armin and Lisa Seifart who had to leave their five-bedroom home in Miami last year due to corrosion and foul-smell caused by the Chinese drywall. The drywalls were supplied by Banner Supply.

Banner Supply was accused by Seifarts of subversion of information that it possessed since 2006 but failed to communicate it to its customers or the government.

The Chinese sulfur emitting drywall is found to release poisonous odor and also leads to corrosion of plumbing, wiring and jewelry. The issues with drywall are primarily associated to houses constructed during the housing boom in Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

The documents submitted during the case unraveled a confidentiality agreement between Banner Supply and its Chinese supplier Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin, under which the supplier replaced Banner's inventory with domestic drywalls when notified about the aforesaid problems.

The following resolution can set a precedent for other cases filed in the Chinese drywall issue. The defendant Banner Supply Co. has multiple pending cases filed against it.

The plaintiff had sought $4.3 million in reparation including loss of their home's enjoyment.

The verdict follows a similar verdict accorded by Louisiana federal judge's decision in April to award $2.6 million in damages to seven families in Virginia for defective Chinese drywall.

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Publication:International Business Times - US ed.
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Date:Jun 21, 2010
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