VIRGINIA (WAVY) - According to 10 On Your Side reporter Andy Fox's well-placed source, there is a tentative agreement between insurance companies and local attorneys representing homeowners who had sulfur-emitting drywall made in China installed in their homes.
The source said insurance companies representing Venture Supply Inc., the company that imported the drywall, have agreed to reimburse the homeowners for their losses. The drywall is blamed for emitting sulfur emissions that corrode wires, air conditioning units, electrical appliances and metal fixtures.
According to the source, the agreement will be explained to a judge for approval in Norfolk Circuit Court on June 20.
In 2010, a federal judge in New Orleans awarded seven Virginia families $2.6 million in damages. The judge in that case, U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon, ruled that the drywall should be removed and homes should be gutted due to the amount of corrosion.
In March 2012, a Hampton Roads representative introduced legislation that would call for a nation-wide ban of the Chinese-made drywall.
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