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Congressional Bill to Ban Use of Chinese Drywall

As reported by William E. Gibson in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel today, U.S. Representative Ted Deutch sponsored a bill passed by Congress on Tuesday banning the continued use of Chinese drywall already in the United States before the ban on imports took effect. The bill also directs the Consumer Product Safety Commission to set standards for sulfur content in drywall manufactured in, or imported into, the US in the future. Finally, the bill directs the executive branch of government to use diplomatic pressure against China in hopes of subjecting Chinese drywall manufacturers to judgments of American courts ordering compensation to aggrieved homeowners. Good luck with that one. But the bit about banning recycled use of Chinese drywall already imported into this country is important. Those of you still stockpiling drywall should look at this and decide what to do with it in light of this possible legislation. Of course, you may still be liable for the effects of Chinese drywall even absent this legislation, so when in doubt seek legal counsel.

Lee Weintraub

Lee Weintraub

lweintraub@bplegal.com

At age 46, Lee Weintraub was the youngest recipient ever of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Bar’s Construction Law Committee. Mr. Weintraub is also an adjunct professor of law at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law teaching construction law. Mr. Weintraub has been recognized by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers every year since 2003. Chambers USA noted he focuses on licensing and construction defect litigation, but is particularly renowned for his expertise in the Construction Lien Law. He was also selected in the The Best Lawyers in America© every year from 2006 through 2018.

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