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Beat Up Chuck TaylorsLast week we discussed the first Chinese drywall case going to trial in January involves Virginia plaintiffs.  We have two interesting reports that may constitute both shoes dropping at once.

First, Engineering News Record reported on November 25, 2009 that a federal study, "found 'a strong association' between imported wallboard made in China and metal corrosion in U.S. homes in which the drywall has been installed." (subscription required).  These tests results appear consistent with prior testing finding the presence of corrosive chemicals in the Chinese drywall.  Other experts claim that the chemical levels are too low to cause injuries.  The Proskauer Rose firm has analyzed the federal testing results released by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (USCPSC) and found that, "Indoor testing ... detected little or no indications of various sulfur compounds[.]"(free sign-up required)

The first trial in the infamous Chinese drywall litigation will apparently involve seven Virginia homeowners.  The first case is currently set for a bench trial on January 25, 2010. 

We have written several times regarding the Chinese drywall litigation, including several months ago in Mid Atlantic Construction.  While Virginia plaintiffs will apparently occupy the first position on the trial docket, our area in Northern Virginia has thus far been very quiet to silent on this front.  The Tidewater area has been a little different as a supplier there sold a fairly significant quantity of the drywall that was used locally.