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Update - Chinese Drywall - The Lawyers Have Landed

Well, you knew this was coming.  The Chinese drywall problem is worsening.  As it does, people will be looking for more and more remedies.

http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2009/03/18/the-lawyers-have-landed-in-the-uproar-over-chinese-drywall/

In addition to the plumbing, electrical and air conditioner problems, people are now reporting damage to televisions, computers, microwaves, refrigerators, various electrical appliances, jewelry, door stops - this list will grow with time.  This problem will grow with time.  We import Chinese stuff all the time.  Our relationship has grown with time.  It is time we stop to rethink this trade relationship.

Do you think importers are going to wise up?  Think carefully...

And you knew this was going to happen - one if by land, two if by sea.  A big Washington D.C. law firm has gotten involved.  "We know for a fact that this product is in Virginia, Louisiana and California," says Charles LaDuca, of Washington, D.C.-based law firm Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca. "The breadth of the problem is just unfolding."

I'll bet...

The main builder involved, Lennar, says it is a victim just like the homeowners.  It blames Knauf Gips of Germany and its Chinese affiliate, Knauf Plasterboard of Tianjin, the drywall manufacturer.  Lennar also blames the subcontractors.  I'm not sure how the subs would have known better, but when a finger can get pointed, it usually is.  The subs, in turn, blame the builder for its specifications.  I don't know who Knauf is blaming, but eventually it will blame somebody. 

Who to blame?  This is not accidental.  Think carefully...

Caveat emptor!  Take the hint - it is a Chinese product!!

My recommendation:  Before you buy anything, anything!, look at where it was manufactured.  And think carefully...

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Comment balloon 16 commentsJay Markanich • March 21 2009 08:14AM

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I remember when we used to make fun of, "Made in Japan" after the war.  Maybe we only buy from the Chinese to avoid a war.

Posted by Kevin Cavanaugh, Lic. Associate Broker, ABR, GREEN (Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty) over 9 years ago

That is one problem with globalization.  That the products that we import are inferior sometimes and not made to our legal standards. 

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) over 9 years ago

Jay - well I have never heard of this!  This is what AR is all about - THANK YOU.  I will go to the link and see what this is all about!

Posted by Kathy Carson, Realtor, Lynchburg, VA, VA Homes - Lynchunberg,Bedford, Campbell (John Stewart Walker, Inc) over 9 years ago

Another class action lawsuit where thousands of people will sign up, a judgement that can never be enforced will be rendered, and if by some miracle the foreign affiliates involved ever pay a dime the lawyers will get 90% and the victims will get about a buck ninety five each. 

Posted by Dan Callahan (Callahan's Home Inspections) over 9 years ago

Kevin - don't count on that!  If they think they could win a war, or that we would not respond to an invasion of Taiwan for example (that's in the little Red Book), they will, trade or no trade.

Russ - I have two other posts on this topic, which you can find in the navigation on the right.  We have agreement after agreement after agreement with the Chinese as to standards and products.  They simply ignore them.  These are not incompetent people.  If you watch the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports regularly (I get 3 or 5 emails every day) you will see that probably 98% regard Chinese products.  There is a reason for this - again, they are not incompetent people.  It must, therefore, be intentional.

Kathy - ditto to you too!  I have two other posts.  I think this problem is frightful...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Dan - no doubt!!  Again, caveat emptor!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Jay: I didn't know about this problem either - actually I still do not know what it is about.  I will have to check the link too.

:)

Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 9 years ago

Jay, just to play devil's advocate, isn't it possible that the problem lays somewhere between Stupidity and Conspiracy?:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Matt - one of many...

Charlie - sure!  However, I know them NOT to be incompetent people.  And, from a previous research, the hydrogen sulfate in the drywall slurry mix was created with waste water from nuclear power plants.  Could have been stupidity, but, um....

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay,

There is just too much craziness going on today with all of building.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Steve - what do you it will worsen?  Going to make a fine world for inspectors!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hey Jay, It is a crazy world out there.  We're headed more to the left and China is headed more to the right. 

Lety's send them this dry wall.  They'll install it and by the time they notice anything it will be too late.  How do you sue the Chi-Com's?  

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

Jack - you don't...

I don't think they would want it back either.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

I have been reading "made in" labels forever. I called Target to see where their food was imported from because all of their "Archer" brand foods (Target) say "distributed in USA" but it doesn't say where the food comes from. I called them 4 times..each time I got a different person with the SAME EXACT RESPONSE: "The products contained in the food items sold at Taregt meet the federal regulations for food standards"......Me,"So you can't tell me where the food somes from?"  "Ma'am, the products contained in the............" me," if you say that again I will assume it comes from China" "Ma'am the products contained......"

Did I mention I am growning my own garden this year?

Posted by Susan Gonzalez Faux painting murals atlanta (Marietta Mural & Decorative Design) over 9 years ago

Susan - I think that is so wise!  It isn't even safe eating dogfood!  One recall I saw last week was for mushroom soup distributed in Hong Kong.  It contained non-edible (or poisonous), mal-odorous mushrooms!  Accidental?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, It is troubling to me the amount of products stamped, "Made in China". I'm not really on board with a conspiracy as much as little or no oversight. Let's face it there are unethical people every where. Why wouldn't some less than scrupulous Chinese company cut corners just like goes on here or else where. Here we have better oversight and regulations and the Chinese?

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

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