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Less than two months after joining in a $13 million settlement with about 200 home-owners, a pair of Hampton Road businesses are facing another legal fight over the installation of tainted Chinese-made drywall. And this time, the plaintiff is a government agency.
In one of the most important steps in the local saga over tainted Chinese-made drywall, attorneys announced Wednesday that a $13 million settlement has been reached between homeowners whose properties were built with the product and some of the companies they sued
Hampton Roads' Congressman introduced new legislation Saturday that calls for a nationwide ban of Chinese drywall. This, after years of complaints from local families. The Norfolk-based company that first brought Chinese drywall to Hampton Roads has since gone out of business. Many of the homes built with the tainted materials sit empty, abandoned by families worried for their health.
The "rotten eggs" smell emanating from Joe and Elizabeth Matulenas' Chinese drywall-riddled home on Saturday was so strong that people touring the home — including four members of Congress — wore respirators or gas masks. The Matulenas family evacuated their $450,000 home three years ago due to health problems they believe were caused by gases emitted from the drywall, and they are still dealing with the financial and medical repercussions of living in the home for more than three years.
Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., a Chinese drywall maker, agreed to pay at least $800 million to settle homeowner claims that faulty building materials contaminated their homes with corrosive sulfur fumes, plaintiffs’ lawyers said.
Linda and Randall Hunter own their dream house in Plant City, Fla., with an oversize master bedroom, granite countertops in the kitchen and a screened-in pool. The problem is they cannot bear to live there.
The first widespread complaints about defective Chinese drywall surfaced in Florida a few years ago, and since then roughly 3,500 homeowners in the United States have filed complaints with the federal government.
They moved to James City County from Connecticut one day four years ago in a vehicle caravan, Jeff and Susann Tierney followed by the couple's elderly parents. The Tierneys had just retired. They wanted to move to the Williamsburg area, but rather than leave their parents in Connecticut, they all decided to relocate to Virginia. The Tierneys purchased a single-family house and shopped for condominiums for Jeff's dad Donald Tierney, and Susann's parents Janet and Paul Jones.