A settlement was finally reached in a New Orleans lawsuit against builders, suppliers, and manufacturers who sold or distributed defective drywall when reconstructing homes affected by Hurricane Katrina. Homes built with this drywall drove residents out of their houses due to breathing difficulties caused by smells and rotting metal. Allegedly, unusually high levels of pyrite were found in the type of Chinese drywall used during the construction of these houses.
The drywall posed serious health risks to people, including respiratory problems, headaches, bloody noses and asthma attacks. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) did not issue a recall regarding this product, as the manufacturer claimed that there were no conclusive links to reported health problems. Manufacturers had also promised to rebuild thousands of homes at a cost approaching $1 billion.
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