A Florida couple suffered $2.5 million in damages as a result of defective drywall from China, a Florida jury found yesterday, helping to set a standard for trials throughout the U.S.
In the first jury trial in the U.S. over defective drywall, a state court panel in Miami deliberated more than a day before finding closely held Banner Supply Co. 55 percent responsible for damage done to the home of Armin and Lisa Seifart. The jury found a company not included in the lawsuit, Germany’s Knauf Group, 35 percent liable.
Plaintiffs had sought $4.3 million for loss of enjoyment of their home and other damages.
“It sets a precedent to the extent that we were able to see what a jury thinks about this case,” said Ervin Gonzalez, attorney for the Seifarts.
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