Chinese Drywall Class Action Lawsuit Defendant Agrees to Be Served in US

One of the defendants in the Chinese Drywall class action lawsuits has agreed to accept service of process of a class action complaint thus allowing those affected by the Chinese Drywall to consolidate their claims in one lawsuit against the defendant Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. (KPT).
The acceptance of service was announced in New Orleans by Judge Eldon E. Fallon. Prior to the agreement Knauf had insisted that it would have to be served through the Hague Convention, which is responsible for establishing procedures for US claims against international companies. In the past, this has proved difficult and expensive for those attempting to bring foreign companies to justice in US courts. The Hague Convention requires a payment of $15,000 for each lawsuit in order for it to be served on the foreign company.
This agreement is a major victory for those who’ve lost their homes or have been severely affected by the Chinese Drywall contamination problem.
According to a report in Reuters, “The court order provides that KPT will accept service of process and waive its
express rights under the Hague Convention only for homeowner plaintiffs who
are named in an omnibus class action complaint to be filed by December 9, 2009
in In re Chinese Drywall Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2047 (E.D.
La.).”
Knauf is one of several companies of manufacturing and importing the contaminated drywall into the United States. It’s estimated that between 60-100,000 US homes have been affected by the Chinese Drywall.