Settlement is reached in Chinese drywall case

FILE - In this May 22, 2009 file photo, Michael Hilton uses a forklift to move sheets of Chinese-made drywall onto a flat bed truck at Venture Supply, Inc. in Norfolk, Va. in preparation for disposal. A proposed $248 million settlement has been filed in a decade-old federal court case over defective Chinese drywall blamed for damaging home appliances and sickening residents. The proposed settlement between property owners and Taishan Gypsum Co. was filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)

NEW ORLEANS — A proposed $248 million settlement has been filed in a decade-old federal court case over defective Chinese drywall blamed for damaging home appliances and sickening residents.

The proposed settlement between property owners and Taishan Gypsum Co. was filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans last month. It comes nearly eight years after a major settlement in another case involving a different Chinese company, Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., and in the wake of other settlements with various homebuilders, equipment suppliers and installers who used the material.

The defective drywall was used in thousands of homes between 2005 and 2008. It was alleged to have given off sulfur fumes that corroded metal in appliances, air conditioning equipment, wiring and plumbing fixtures.

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