Federal Judge Eldon Fallon issued a judgment Thursday awarding $2.6 million in damages to seven families affected by faulty drywall manufactured in China. Seven Virginia families filed suit against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a China-based drywall company, beginning in January 2009.
Thousands of homeowners nationwide began filing complaints after the Chinese drywall boom in the U.S. between 2004 and 2007, alleging the drywall Taishan made broke down electrical appliances, corroded metal and emitted strange fumes. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a statement last week with product guidelines that say certain Chinese drywall samples released hydrogen sulfide, a flammable gas that smells like rotten eggs. The commission also said that the gas Chinese drywall released was 100 times greater than from drywall produced by other manufacturers.