The story said German building material producer Knauf offered to waive procedural protections under the Hague Service Convention for defective Chinese drywall cases in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. Homeowner attorneys were required to pay for initial service but can avoid the expense of serving amended complaints that add punitive damage claims.

German executives at one of the world’s largest building material producers knew its Chinese-made drywall was contaminated but did not warn Americans who installed the tainted wallboard in their homes, attorneys suing the company claimed in court Tuesday.

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