With thousands of homeowners claiming their houses and health are deteriorating from sulfur-emitting Chinese drywall, a federal judge in New Orleans is intent on fast-tracking a handful of cases for trial, attorneys say. The first of these bellwether lawsuits could be tried by the end of the year, a timetable that encourages homeowners to think settlement. About 600 tainted Chinese drywall lawsuits have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation under U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon for pretrial issues.
Federal Judge Puts Chinese Drywall Cases on 'Rocket Docket'
Daily Business Review
August 11, 2009