ProPublica and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune began examining in May 2010 what was -- or wasn’t -- being done to help people whose homes had been built with contaminated drywall. The problematic drywall, much of it imported from China, emitted foul odors and frequently caused mysterious failures of new appliances and electronics. Worse yet, some residents complained of serious respiratory problems, bloody noses, and migraines. More »
A leading East Coast homebuilder, WCI Communities, learned four years ago that the Chinese-manufactured drywall it had installed in several Florida homes was emitting foul odors, according to documents obtained by ProPublica and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. More »
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A bill heralded by lawmakers as a victory for thousands of homeowners harmed by contaminated drywall was weakened after input from the homebuilding industry.
Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin is the first manufacturer to agree to settle defective drywall cases lodged in federal court. The settlement could pay to repair more than 5,000 homes, plaintiffs’ attorneys say.
Lawmakers questioned CPSC and CDC officials about the progress of a years-long federal investigation into contaminated drywall at a Senate hearing.
The Army Criminal Investigation Command has completed its investigation into the deaths of 10 infants who died of undetermined causes at Fort Bragg, N.C., but questions still linger.
The CPSC's new report on American-made drywall says 'agency resource constraints' limited the investigation into whether American-made drywall is causing problems like those associated with Chinese-made drywall.
A lawsuit filed by an Arizona homeowner against one of the nation’s largest drywall manufacturers has been voluntarily dismissed.
Senators say homeowners suffering through "the nightmare of problem drywall" deserve more information about how the homes can best be repaired.
Wiring doesn't necessarily need to be removed from homes built with defective drywall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
New National Association of Home Builders guidelines for testing and fixing homes built with suspect Chinese drywall conflict with Consumer Product Safety Commission recommendations.
Another baby has died in military housing at Fort Bragg. Now investigators are examining the house for tainted drywall and other possible contaminants.
Habitat for Humanity has become the first builder to buy back a house built with Chinese drywall.
Experts say tests used to eliminate drywall as a problem were unreliable and incomplete—and that more tests should have been done to determine the cause of recent infant deaths at the base.
Homeowners affected by problems with defective drywall have been forced to fend for themselves and many have turned to the courts for help. Thousands of lawsuits have been consolidated and are being tried in federal court. But the homeowners’ chances of getting quick relief are slim.
Thousands of Americans have houses contaminated by defective Chinese drywall; now a new group of homeowners say they are experiencing similar problems -- but their homes are built with drywall made in the United States.
ProPublica and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune compiled a list of around 6,900 addresses with tainted drywall.
For thousands of U.S. homeowners who are grappling with the trauma caused by defective Chinese drywall, one thing is now clear: The federal government is woefully unequipped to help them with a product defect as expensive and widespread as this one.
Lowe’s Companies Inc. is offering $100,000 in cash to customers who can prove their health or their homes have been substantially damaged by defective drywall they bought from Lowe’s.
U.S. regulators met with Chinese officials to request cooperation in investigation of shoddy drywall manufacture.
Chinese government officials tried to prevent federal investigators from getting answers to key questions about defective drywall on a trip to China last year.
Details of the settlement involving a major Chinese drywall manufacturer and several defendants emerged on Thursday in New Orleans federal court.
The IRS will allow homeowners to take a deduction for costly replacement of harmful drywall.
In an about-face, Habitat for Humanity now says at least 70 houses that it built in New Orleans have tainted drywall that must be replaced.
Documents tie a German company to a Chinese subsidiary that produced defective drywall, but family-owned Knauf Gips says it’s not legally responsible for the problem
Consumer advocates say the victims of tainted drywall are getting the short end of a class action settlement with Lowe’s.
A class-action agreement over tainted drywall could pay off plaintiffs with Lowe's gift cards
Habitat for Humanity International has developed a task force to look at Chinese drywall, following a ProPublica and Sarasota Herald-Tribune investigation.
Some of the homes Habitat for Humanity believed to have built with American-made drywall actually contain Chinese Drywall.
Some Florida homebuilders, installers and environmental consultants knew as early as 2006 that foul smells were coming from drywall imported from China – but they didn’t tell anyone.
A major Chinese drywall manufacturer, urged one of its main U.S. customers, Banner Supply, to sell thousands of sheets of foul-smelling drywall "overseas" after Banner complained about the tainted product, according to court documents.
Homebuilder WCI Communities knew about problems with tainted Chinese drywall but kept silent for two years while the problem spread.
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Stories in this series are co-published with Sarasota Herald Tribune.
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