Stinky Drywall Award

The Associated Press recently reported that a Florida couple who fled their dream home because of foul-smelling, Chinese drywall was awarded $2.4 million in damages in the nation’s first jury trial over the defective wallboard that could have legal ramifications for thousands of similar cases.  The six person jury ruled that Armin and Lisa Seifart (no kidding) should receive more than the costs of gutting and renovating their home.  They were also awarded damages for loss of enjoyment of the $1.6 million house and for the drywall stigma that might reduce its resale value.  The defendant, drywall distributor Banner Supply Co., is named in thousands of other lawsuits.  Can you spell BK?  Attorneys in those cases, as well as many other pending nationwide against other companies will look to the Seifart damage award as a guide for what kinds of damages they seek.

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