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Chinese Drywall Pilot Remediation Plan Has Doubters

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As many who are involved in the Chinese drywall debacle already know, one of the major suppliers of Chinese-made drywall, Knauf Plasterboard Tainjin (KPT), has agreed to launch what they are calling a "pilot program" for fixing homes containing defective drywall. The program will remediate 300 homes in four states that meet the guidelines set out under the agreement.

The general consensus is that if the program is deemed to be a success by both sides it could be adopted on a much larger scale. Most seem to be very optimistic that the program will be a success and could ultimately spell relief for the thousands of American homeowners suffering from the effects of defective drywall, but the program does have its doubters. See the News-Press article here.

Some have expressed concern that the protocol for remediation under the agreement doesn’t go far enough to ensure the problem is fixed for good.

"They’re doing what we call 80 percent," said Michael Foreman, a forensic construction consultant and drywall expert based in Sarasota.

Foreman and others have a problem with language of the agreement that could leave some items that may have been damaged by Chinese drywall in the home, setting up for future problems that homeowners would be stuck with the bill for.

Language like repaired or replaced “as necessary” or “as needed” are particularly concerning as these may terms are often left up to interpretation.

In a e-mailed statement, Knauf attorney Gregory Wallace said, “the repairs made to the homes included in KPT’s demonstration settlement will fully comply with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) guidelines … In effect, the homes are being restored to the condition they would have been in had the KPT drywall board not been installed."

For now I am keeping my hopes that the pilot program does in fact satisfy both sides of the issue, and hopefully the innocent Americans who have had their dream home turn into a nightmare can finally get some much needed relief.

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  1. Jim says:
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    I have concerns about how many home owners will qualify to participate in the program. According to the agreement, 95% or more of the home’s installed drywall must be Knauf. In performing over 7,000 inspections, we have only found a handful of homes that contained more than 50% from a single manufacturer.

    I have a problem with Knauf making a stipulation that they will only pay for an equal percentage of remediation costs to that percentage of the home’s drywall that is theirs. “It only takes ONE bad apple…”

  2. Robert says:
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    The ” pilot ” is a travesty of justice for homeowners. IT IS A POOR EXCUSE FOR A FAIR RESOLUTION FOR CDW HOMEOWNERS Regrettably our plaintiff attorneys are settling for far less than the victims deserve!!!!!!! Unfortunately,they are actually setting the bar SO LOW that future settlements will be pitiful! The prior settlements under judge Fallon and the Miami jury trial awarded almost the homes value, for suffering the CDW plague! They included gut and rebuild, loss of use, moving,depreciation for stigma, full repairs. Here we get optional replacements and $8.50/sq ft. AN INSULT TO CDW HOMEOWNERS. This is a convenient and insufficient offer to the victims. Note also that the “Guidelines” from the CPSC are only “Interim” yet another example of how the defense counsel has recently been winning large and the plaintiffs lawyers losing large…SEE THE recent ruling in favor of homebuilders limiting their obligation to compensate victims. Examine the facts……express your concern to your attorney. We the victims appear helpless since we have the MDL process around our necks and no help from the government agencies and our dear president.