Chinese Drywall Settlement Funding
Chinese drywall litigation involves drywall imported from China that was used in U.S. home construction beginning in 2001. The drywall has emitted sulfurous gases causing health problems and property damage. Most insurance companies are refusing to finance repairs, resulting in homes quickly becoming uninhabitable and unsalable. Homeowners are forced to tear down houses and rebuild or walk away.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the organization has received close to 4,000 reports from residents who experienced adverse health consequences related to drywall. Homeowners or residents who suffer from symptoms associated with toxic Chinese drywall can call the Chinese Drywall Complaint Center at 866-714-6466, or visit http://chinesedrywallcomplaintcenter.com for up-to-date news and information.
For plaintiffs and attorneys with slow-paying Chinese drywall settlements, RD Legal Funding can accelerate payout via their proprietary post-settlement funding program. To begin the application process, simply fill out the quick form to your right.
Timeline of Chinese Drywall Litigation
Below is a timeline of events that illustrates how the Chinese drywall litigation has unfolded so far:
- Responding to thousands of complaints, Florida Senator Bill Nelson requests that the CPSC and the U.S. EPA investigate the safety of Chinese drywall. The largest investigation in the CPSC’s history finds a "strong association" between Chinese drywall and high levels of hydrogen sulfide gas and metal corrosion. U.S. ports are alerted to deny entry to Chinese drywall. Chinese drywall lawsuits are given class action status by Judge Eldon Fallon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
- Judge Fallon rules that Taishin Gypsum must pay $2.6 million in damages to seven Virginia homeowners and remove the drywall from eight homes. Taishin Gypsum argues that its drywall was not defective and that U.S. courts have no jurisdiction over the company since its drywall was sold in this country by other companies.
- Knauf is ordered to pay a New Orleans couple $164,000, plus attorney fees, in the first fully contested Chinese drywall trial.
- The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requires the Department of Housing and Urban Development to study the effects of Chinese drywall on foreclosures and the availability of property insurance. Effectively excluding homeowners without deep pockets, the IRS announces on September 30th that homeowners affected by property damage caused by Chinese drywall can deduct the expenses of repair after the repairs have been made.
- In October, Lowe’s denies claims that it sold contaminated Chinese drywall but agrees to a settlement that may award victims up to $100,000 for damages. The original settlement of $6.5 million will be paid mostly in Lowe’s gift cards for the class action clients and more than $2 million in fees and costs. Lowe’s later agrees to cash settlements.
- On December 20th, Judge Fallon endorses a settlement in which Knauf Group will pay for the repair of 200 out of 3000 homes in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi—none in Texas and Virginia. Knauf proposes an unlimited settlement to repair the homes and offers $30 million for those with related health problems. Knauf, which supplied about 20 percent of the affected Chinese drywall, claims that according to its own toxicology tests, the drywall presents no health problems.
- On May 18th, an $80 million Global Chinese drywall class action lawsuit settlement designed to operate in conjunction with the Knauf class action settlement is reached. Courts in Louisiana and Florida rule that Taishin Gypsum is responsible for the drywall sold in the U.S.; Taishin Gypsum appeals both rulings.
- On January 14th, President Obama signs the Contaminated Drywall Safety Act; the secretary of state is asked to “request” the Chinese government force manufacturers to submit to American courts’ jurisdiction.
- In February, Judge Fallon approves five class-action settlements calling for Chinese drywall manufacturers and others to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to repair thousands of Gulf Coast homes.
Let RD Legal Funding Advance Your Chinese Drywall Related Legal Fees
If you’re an attorney or plaintiff with a slow-paying Chinese drywall legal fee or award, chances are that it will be many months before you actually receive payment-even after the lawsuit settles. RD Legal’s proprietary Fee Acceleration program was specifically designed to convert slow paying legal fees/awards into immediate cash, so you get your money when you need it. After all, it’s your money-wouldn’t you like to have it now?
If you have any questions about RD Legal’s post-settlement funding solutions, please contact us toll-free at 1-800-565-5177. If you’re ready to begin the application process, please fill out the quick form at the top of this page.