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Report: American drywall emerges as potential danger

December 20, 2010
WASHINGTON — Two years after thousands of Americans learned that Chinese drywall had contaminated their homes, a new group of homeowners allege similar problems with U.S.-made drywall, according to USA Today.
The non-profit investigative group, ProPublica, says 97 homeowners in four states have joined lawsuits against U.S. drywall manufacturers in the past year, saying their drywall is "releasing enough sulfur gas to corrode wiring and appliances and cause headaches, nosebleeds, labored breathing and irritated eyes," the article stated.
According to the article, the largest lawsuit — involving 93 Florida homes — as well as separate cases filed in Arizona and Alabama blame drywall made by National Gypsum, a leading U.S. drywall manufacturer.
A lawsuit filed in South Dakota sues U.S. Gypsum, and another filed by a Florida couple against Georgia Pacific, was settled out of court, the article noted.
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