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Chinese Drywall damages not covered by homeowners insurance

Originally posted 2010-06-10 13:27:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Although it’s only one case, and it probably will be appealed, a Virginia federal court judge determined that a homeowners insurance policy did not cover losses resulting from Chinese drywall. The case is TRAVCO Ins. Co. v. Ward. Frankly, the decision is not surprising, but it does provide another roadblock to homeowners looking for assistance in paying for drywall replacement. Nothing has happened thus far, including the award of a large default judgment against Chinese manufacturers of the drywall, that provides any immediate financial relief to those homeowners. Therefore, if you are in the market to buy a house, you need to take precautions when considering homes built between 2004 and 2007, the timeframe generally accepted as when the Chinese drywall was used prominently in new home construction. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and James City County Code Compliance has a wealth of information and reports regarding the ongoing investigation of Chinese Drywall.

UPDATE: The James City County Board of Equalization has reduced to $100 the home values of Chinese drywall victims. These legislative solutions will probably become the only source of financial relief for homeowners.

Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law

Williamsburg, Virginia

John Tarley

John is the firm's managing partner and chairs the firm's small business and litigation practice areas. In the community, John has served on the City of Williamsburg’s Economic Development Authority; is a member of the Williamsburg Bar Association, where he served as President and Vice-President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Virginia State Bar; currently serves on the Virginia State Bar Council as the representative for the 9th Judicial Circuit; and for 11 years, has taught at the William & Mary Law School as an adjunct professor covering classes in professional responsibility, legal writing, and trial practice.

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