Mississippi Gulf Coast Attorney James C. Gardner, Sr. Joins Multi-District Litigation of Contaminated Chinese Drywall Cases

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James C. Gardner, a Mississippi Gulf Coast environmental hazard and personal injury lawyer, has partnered with a colleague to refer claims of defective Chinese drywall damage to a consolidated lawsuit in federal court.

In Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast fell victim to this country's worst natural disaster in recent memory

Mississippi Gulf Coast attorney James C. Gardner, Sr. has joined a consolidated lawsuit seeking damages for hundreds of Gulf Coast residents whose homes are contaminated by Chinese drywall. Gardner has partnered with lawyer Jim Reeves of Biloxi, who is on the steering committee of the Chinese drywall Multi-District Litigation (MDL). Gardner and Reeves have confirmed more than 30 cases of contaminated Chinese drywall damage in South Mississippi for the consolidated federal lawsuit, and they are expecting many more.

Attorney Gardner explained that Chinese manufacturer Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin shipped drywall to the Gulf Coast in 2006 and 2007 during the rebuilding period after Hurricane Katrina. The numerous Chinese drywall lawsuits allege that the material is contaminated with a sulfurous gas which destroys the electrical and plumbing systems in houses. It is believed that Mississippi homes are behind only Florida and Louisiana in the prevalence of the contaminated drywall product, Gardner continued.

"I attended the Harris Martin Chinese Drywall Litigation Conference in June, and the evidence I saw and heard convinced me that people whose homes have been affected should speak to a Chinese drywall lawyer," Gardner said. Later that month, the New Orleans Federal Court was selected as the venue for consolidation of all the hundreds of federal Chinese drywall lawsuits--similar to a class action. The Environmental Protection Agency is tracking the drywall problem, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission is studying the Chinese drywall for evidence of toxic health hazards, Gardner added.

"In Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast fell victim to this country's worst natural disaster in recent memory," Gardner said. "Now those residents who rebuilt and unknowingly used contaminated drywall have been made victims again. I am glad to represent these people and I intend to hold the responsible parties accountable."

In re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation is filed as case No. 2047 with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation.

About the Firm

Gardner Law Firm is a personal injury law practice representing Mississippi Gulf Coast plaintiffs from offices in Pasacagoula, Biloxi, and Hattiesburg. The firm handles maritime claims under the Jones Act, including injuries on vessels and offshore rigs. Gardner Law Firm's other areas of personal injury litigation include auto and truck accidents, premises liability, workers compensation, and Chinese drywall exposure. Gardner Law Firm has been protecting the rights of Mississippi Gulf Coast residents for over 30 years.

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