Insurers Get Sued Over Chinese Drywall Issue

A number of homeowners are suing insurance companies over inadequate Chinese drywall claims.

The drywall issues, which were found nation-wide, resulted in corroded plumbing and sick home dwellers. While thousands of homeowners are known to have been affected by the defective drywall, so far over 700 homeowners have filed a federal lawsuit, seeking indemnification for their losses.

About the Lawsuit

A New York-based law firm, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C., is representing homeowners who feel that they’ve been mistreated by their insurance companies. According to the complaint, the plaintiffs seek “a declaratory judgment that the insurance companies and the subcontractor insurance companies are obligated to indemnify the losses arising from claims against WCI Communities Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries for the development and sale of homes allegedly containing defective Chinese manufactured drywall.”

WCI Communities Inc. is one of the companies that contracted to build homes and residential communities in states affected by the drywall, including Florida, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Connecticut and Maryland.

Complaints in the Case

Complaints in the case, according to the lawsuit, include:

  • Increased rates of corrosion of soft metal materials throughout the houses.
  • Various health issues arising from the drywall.
  • Tarnishing silver and soft metal within the homes.

The plaintiffs in the case are seeking damages in an amount to be determined at trial, as well as pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney’s fees, costs and other relief that the court deems proper.

Have You Been Affected by Chinese Drywall?

If you live in a home or condominium that was built after 2000, it’s a good idea to contact that Chinese Drywall Complaint Center for more information. A warning sign that the center lists if having black copper or discolored wiring combined with:

  • Severe upper respiratory issues
  • Nose bleeds
  • Headaches

If you have been affected by any of these issues, it’s time to connect with the center to determine whether this drywall is in your home.

Have you filed claims over inadequate drywall? How did your insurance company handle it?