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I recently came across this interesting article about a class action arising from defective fiber cement siding.

According to the article. CertainTeed changed the way it made the siding starting in 2002.  At that time, they started using fly ash instead of grain and silica sand in the siding.  The fly ash has different physical characteristics including an increased water absorption.  This has apparently resulted in long-term defects in the product. 

This sounds somewhat similar to numerous other construction defect cases that we have looked at.  The lawyers at Hendren & Malone are currently working on class actions relating to defective Chinese drywall.  If you have a question about a class action or a defective construction product, call Mike Malone at Hendren & Malone today for a free consultation.

As reported by the Miami Herald, two South Florida law firms working on Chinese drywall cases joined forces Friday, filing a class-action lawsuit in Broward Circuit Court against Banner Supply, which distributed thousands of sheets of the defective product to builders across the state.

Attorneys Ervin Gonzalez of Colson Hicks Edison in Coral Gables and Mike Ryan of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman & McKee in Fort Lauderdale hope to consolidate thousands of suits filed against Miami-based Banner.

Last month, a Miami-Dade jury awarded a Coconut Grove couple Gonzalez represented $2.5 million for damages and expenses triggered by the imported drywall, supplied by Banner, which can make homes smell, ruin appliances and damage wiring.

As reported by the Miami Herald, two companies in a class-action case over defective Chinese drywall in Homestead houses are willing to pay $6 million to settle the case.

South Kendall Construction and an affiliate, Palm Isles Holdings, will pay $4 million, and Keys Gate Realty will pay $2.6 million to homeowners if the offer is approved in court.

If you have any questions about a Chinese drywall case, please call the attorney at Hendren and Malone.

In a recent 108 page court opinion, Judge Eldon Fallon, presiding over the MDL for Chinese Drywall claims, awarded eight families in Virginia a total recovery just over $2.6 million.  The recovery is limited to claims against the Chinese manufacuturer Taishin Gypsum but will hopefully set a standard for future recoveries for otehr families who have had their homes ruined by Chinese drywall.

The health-related issues related to Chinese Drywall continue to grow. As the Palm Beach Post reports, The Florida Department of Health recently collected air sample from a home built with Chinese drywall. Similarly the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun air sampling in six homes. Numerous lawsuits have been filed due to the toxic drywall.

Hendren & Malone can help homeowners that suspect their homes have been contaminated with Chinese drywall.

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