Two families in Lee County, Florida are seeking class action status in a federal lawsuit that was filed in Miami, Jan. 12, 2010. The families claim that the two defendant companies, Charlotte, N.C.-based drywall manufacturer National Gypsum Co. and Miami, FL-based Banner Supply distributed defective drywall that destroyed their homes.
According to reports, the suit mirrors former lawsuits alleging that National Gypsum’s domestic drywall causes metal corrosion similar to damage caused by Chinese defective drywall. National Gypsum denies such allegations.
Thousands of Florida Homes Affected
It is estimated that some 35,000 homes in Florida contain Chinese drywall. Such a large number of homes have been built with defective Chinese drywall, because there was a shortage of domestic materials during the construction boom from 2004 and 2007.
The two families involved in the suit, George and Brenda Brincku and Lydia and Apolinar Garcia claim that even though their homes were built with domestic wallboard, they are experiencing damage similar to those who have defective Chinese drywall in their homes. The damage they say that has occurred in their homes is metal corrosion.
Defective Chinese Drywall
Defective Chinese drywall emits foul smelling sulfur gases that can cause property damage and health complications for residents. Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of individuals and families who claim to have suffered property damage including corrosion of air conditioning units and other household appliances and damage to their health, marked by nosebleeds and headaches.
(Source: South Florida Business Journal)
Have You Been Affected by Chinese Drywall?
If you’ve suffered health complications or property damage and you believe it may be linked to defective Chinese drywall, you should know you have rights. To speak with a qualified attorney for defective products, contact Gacovino, Lake & Associates. We will conduct and investigation to determine if you qualify to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.