Trial Tuesday to decide Chinese drywall damages for 3000

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Posted: Jun 09, 2015 5:00 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thomas Stone says Chinese drywall has ruined his life, repeatedly corroding fixtures and appliances in the house he bought and rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. A hearing Tuesday will decide how much money he and 3,000 other homeowners can get to replace drywall made by Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon has scheduled a one-day, nonjury trial to hear expert testimony.

Plaintiffs' attorney Arnold Levin of Philadelphia says homeowners won't be testifying. Houses in Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas are affected.

Levin says another thousand cases don't fit into the dollars-per-square-foot formula to be set by Fallon and will be tried individually. He says those include people who have lost their homes or gone bankrupt and some who are living in tents outside their houses.