Ken Flanz of Terre Neuve Corporation Retained as Expert Witness in Chinese Drywall Class Action Suit

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More than 200 families represented in lawsuit against builders, drywall subcontractors and suppliers.

Over the last several weeks, we have inspected dozens of homes in Southwest, Central and Northern Florida. We’ve been asked by homeowners to develop cost estimates for remediation, which can be used as a basis for recovering funds.

Two law firms have retained a renowned expert in Chinese drywall remediation, General Contractor Ken Flanz owner of Terre Neuve Corp. The two major law firms, representing more than 200 families who own homes built with contaminated Chinese drywall, have retained Flanz and his company to provide expert testimony in their class action lawsuit against numerous builders, drywall subcontractors and suppliers.

The two law firms, Milstein, Adelman and Kreger LLP of Santa Monica California and their co-counsel, Roberts and Durkee LLP of Coral Gables, Florida, have asked Flanz and other employees of Terre Neuve to testify as to the cost of remediating and reconstructing the contaminated homes that are the object of the lawsuit.

“Over the last several weeks, we have inspected dozens of homes in Southwest, Central and Northern Florida,” said Terre Neuve President Ken Flanz. “We’ve been asked by homeowners to develop cost estimates for remediation, which can be used as a basis for recovering funds.”

On April 8, 2010, a U.S. District Court found in favor of seven Virginia homeowners who sued Taishan Gypsum Ltd. of China for installing tainted Chinese Drywall in their homes. The judge detailed instructions for rehabilitating homes infected with the tainted drywall. Terre Neuve has used this same protocol as the basis for determining costs for renovating and restoring contaminated homes to their original condition.

“We have discovered that, in most cases, kitchen cabinets, granite countertops and bathroom fixtures can be safely removed and reinstalled with minimal damage and without compromising the effectiveness of the drywall remediation,” said Flanz, potentially reducing the cost of renovation.

Dozens of class action suits have been filed on behalf of thousands of homeowners in Florida, Virginia, Louisiana and other states where tainted drywall was used between 2001 and 2007 in new home construction. In Florida, 530 homes have been confirmed by the Department of Health as being contaminated. A recent bill signed by Governor Charlie Crist ordered property appraisers in the state to drop the value of those homes that cannot be remediated to as low as zero through the year 2017.

About Terre Neuve Corp
Ken Flanz started Terre Neuve General Contracting some 33 years ago in 1977. Since that time, the company has gained a reputation for both quality and excellence, having built many South Florida commercial and residential properties, including schools, synagogues, public safety buildings, shopping centers and private homes. Terre Neuve Corp. is a full service general contracting firm that can provide important consulting service prior to and throughout a project's build-out. For the most up to date information on Chinese Drywall or to learn more about Terre Neuve Corp. visit http://www.terreneuve.net or call (954) 475-1284.

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