It is the story that everyone was hoping we would not hear—did builders/installers suspect or know that Chinese Drywall was defective (or at least was not quite right) when it was being installed? Did anyone know and install it anyway or even attempt to cover it up?
Well, according to the The New Times of Broward-Palm Beach, FL, they may very well have, and some may have gone to great lengths to hide the issues with the drywall. It's too early to jump to any conclusions, but according to several sources involved with the investigation of Chinese drywall who spoke to The New Times, some Florida construction workers are claiming that Chinese Drywall was emitting foul odors while they were installing it.
The New Times article states that, “some union workers even refused to work with the Chinese drywall because of the severe sulfur-like smell.” And that “Other employees of developers figured out that the smell would subside after the drywall was painted, so workers were told to paint quickly in order to mask the smell.”
It will (most assuredly) be months before we—and more importantly the affected homeowners—receive answers about this alleged development in the story. Currently, there are over a hundred different lawsuits open on the issue and the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is deciding whether to have all the cases heard by one judge.
When it comes down to it, let the chips fall where they may, but let’s just hope that at some point soon the result of these investigations is that someone takes responsibility for the problem drywall and that resources become available—whether by the result of a lawsuit or from government agency involvement—for these very unlucky homeowners to finally get some relief and make repairs to their homes.
Once again, stay tuned for further developments…
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