Builder Liability for Defective Drywall Limited by Court Ruling
A court ruling in Florida could limit builders' liability for damages caused by defective drywall. The decision, by a Palm Beach County judge, held that because homebuilders did not manufacture the problematic drywall and were not within the chain of distribution, they could not be held "strictly liable" for the alleged defects. Plaintiffs in most cases are asserting that they are affected by off-gassing of a variety of things associated with drywall mostly manufactured during a specific period of time in China. The lawsuit sought to blame the homebuilder, installer, supplier and manufacturer of the drywall for installing faulty materials, and sought multiple damages. Legal observers point out that this is only one lower court ruling, but it could set a precedent if adopted by other judges and higher courts. Litigation concerning defective Chinese drywall has predominantly occurred in Virginia, California, Florida and Louisiana.
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