New Chinese Drywall Class Action Filed Against Boynton Beach Builder

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A new class action alleges that Renaissance Commons, a residential condominium complex in Boynton Beach, was constructed with defective Chinese Drywall which is emitting toxic gases into the plaintiffs' homes.

A new class action alleges that Renaissance Commons, a residential condominium complex in Boynton Beach, was constructed with defective Chinese Drywall which is emitting toxic gases into the plaintiffs' homes.

The lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court for the Fifteenth Judicial District in and for Palm Beach County, State of Florida, Civil Division, Case No. 50-2009-CA-032471-MB, claims that the builder, Coastal Condominiums, should compensate the homeowners for damage caused by the defective drywall, including corrosion of pipes, wiring, HVAC coils, fire sprinklers, and the failure of various electronic products. Also named as defendants are Precision Drywall, the company which installed the drywall, and RCR Holdings II, the seller of the condos. The plaintiffs, owners of six condominium units, seeks to represent all owners of the several hundred condos at Renaissance Commons.    

During the Florida building boom, hundreds of millions of pounds of drywall was shipped to ports around the United States from China. While 25 states have reported issues, problems were first noted in Florida, likely because the drywall seems to react strongly in humid conditions.

By June 2008, the state Department of Health had received its first complaint of sulfur odors from a homeowner. Toxicology testing that followed showed some drywall imported from China appeared to be emitting sulfur-based gases that corrode metal, although no cause had been determined.

Homeowners began to link the drywall with failed air conditioners and blackened electrical wiring and jewelry.

About 600 Floridians in 30 counties have reported symptoms such as irritated eyes, bloody noses, rashes and insomnia.

The homeowners are represented by Adam C. Linkhorst, a Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Law specialist, of Linkhorst & Hockin, PA, a Palm Beach law firm. Linkhorst & Hockin is part of a national consortium of law firms with decades of experience representing owners of defective homes. These firms include Lewis & Roberts (Raleigh, NC); Lea, Rhine & Rosbrugh (Wilmington, NC). Luckey & Mullins (Ocean Springs, MS), Pendley, Baudin & Coffin, LLP (Plaquemine, LA), and Mason LLP (Washington, DC).

For additional information contact Adam C. Linkhorst at (561) 626-8880.

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