Chinese Drywall Anyone?

I know you all have forgotten about that mess, but apparently they are doing something up there in New Orleans, something that involves witnesses, jurors, demonstrative exhibits, stupid arguments about admissibility oh what's it's been a while for some of us civil litigators....oh yeah:

A federal judge in New Orleans on Thursday awarded $2.6 million in damages to seven Virginia families that sued Chinese drywall manufacturer Taishan Gypsum Ltd.

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon also issued a protocol for fixing homes that calls for the removal and replacement of all drywall, electrical wiring, copper pipes, air conditioning systems, insulation and most appliances.

Cabinets, countertops, trim, crown molding and baseboards also need to be replaced. Families should receive temporary housing for four to six months, Fallon said.

“This tells you what has to be removed and what doesn’t, and he did a very thorough job,” Boca Raton attorney Allison Grant said. “It’s very significant.”

Fallon's ruling gives homeowners in South Florida and elsewhere definitive information about how best to treat the problem.

Congrats and condolences, respectively.


  1. Leave it to SFL to dredge that horrible Lewis caricature back into view.

  2. 12:23, Nobody understands the way SFLs' mind operates.

  3. Fake Dom DeluiseApril 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    @12:34 Him does.

  4. No one did "offensive yet vaguely insincere sentimentality" better than Jerry.

  5. As Bo Hooper, a professional circus clown down on his luck, Lewis can never decide whether his character is a genuine nitwit who creates anarchy wherever he goes or just a frustrated man forced by circumstance to pursue a series of unsuitable careers. Lewis vacillates between both, one minute rolling his eyes and pulling one of his patented rubbery goon faces, the next soberly insisting on his dignity and delivering a speech on the importance of being "somebody, not just anybody, but somebody." Perhaps the French film critics who so famously lionize Lewis' work can find a deeper meaning in the trials of this "everyman," though it's possible that any true profundity is entirely accidental. To the man's credit, Hardly Working succeeds as a gentle, family-friendly comedy that lacks the arrogance which sometimes simmers beneath the surface of Lewis' performances. Kids will love it, though there's no reason not to start them off with one of his more inspired early films.


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