As reported here, the first federal trial in the nationwide Chinese drywall controversy began on February 19th, 2010 in New Orleans, La. That trial, involving defendant Taishan Gypsum, has now concluded and Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law have been submitted for consideration. The second bellwether trial, Tatum Hernandez, et al v. Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co., Ltd., involves manufacturer Knauf Tianjin and began on Monday March 15, 2010. The issue in both the first and second bellwether trials is the scope of remediation necessary for homes with Chinese manufactured drywall. Both trials were bench trials. The Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for the second bellwether trial are due Monday March 29, 2010 after which Judge Eldon Fallon will take the matters under consideration.
Consult www.insureinsure.com for further updates on the Chinese Drywall bellwether trials.