Miami judge gives the go-ahead for chinese drywall class-action suit
By Allison Ross, Palm Beach Post Â Â A Miami judge has certified the nation’s first class-action suit against manufacturers and distributors of defective Chinese drywall. Â County Circuit Judge Joseph Farina gave the go-ahead for the class certification, which is limited to affected homeowners living in the Keys Gate community in Homestead. Â The lawsuit was originally filed on behalf of homeowners Melissa and Jason Harrell; the suit can include 152 similarly affected homeowners. Â Harrell’s attorney, Victor Diaz, said the ruling sets a legal precedent that these drywall cases can be handled in the aggregate instead of an individual basis, which will bring quicker results to homeowners.
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