Part of Chinese-drywall lawsuit revs up in Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A class-action lawsuit that claims Chinese-manufactured drywall made American homeowners sick is revving up in Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that about 175 people are suing Chinese companies in a federal court in Norfolk. Lawyers for both sides are hashing out a schedule to move forward.

The plaintiffs are part of a larger class-action lawsuit that involves thousands of people in several states. They claim the Chinese-made drywall contained hydrogen sulfide, which destroyed electrical wiring and sickened residents.

Some of the drywall was sold through the Norfolk-based company Venture Supply, which supplied the drywall inside each of the plaintiffs’ homes.

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The suit is against Taishan Gypsum Co. and Beijing New Building Materials Public Limited. The firms’ lawyers say they’re working quickly to resolve the case.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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