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Broward County Court Opens Door To Lawsuits Against Chinese Drywall Supplier

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Judge Charles Greene in Broward County Circuit Court has issued a ruling that releases homeowners from the terms of $55 million settlement between homeowners and Banner Supply Co., a supplier of the defective Chinese drywall that emitted sulfur gases that corrode wiring, damage appliances, and contaminate fabrics.

Before the ruling, Broward homeowners were barred from pursuing individual claims against Banner by a temporary court order issued by a New Orleans judge, Reuters has reported. The $55 million settlement was intended to compensate some 3,000 homeowners across Florida.

In his ruling, Judge Greene said “Upon exercising (the settlement’s) ‘Opt Out’ process any Broward County Plaintiff will be able to pursue redress in the Broward County court.”

Banner is one of several suppliers who have been hit with lawsuits because of the Chinese drywall, of which most were manufactured by a subsidiary of German drywall maker Knauf Group. Banner has reportedly filed a $100 million lawsuit against Knauf seeking compensation for damage from the defective drywall fiasco, as well as damage to its reputation.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Broward County Court Opens Door To Lawsuits Against Chinese Drywall Supplier was posted on Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 5:31 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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