Lennar sues over drywall from China

jklipa@bradenton.comFebruary 3, 2009 

Lennar Corp. is suing manufacturers of defective drywall that has caused air conditioning, wiring and copper piping to blacken and corrode in homes in Manatee and throughout Florida.

The Miami-based builder’s lawsuit alleges product liability and negligence, and failure of the manufacturers to warn customers about the defective drywall, according to a statement released Monday by Lennar.

Filed Friday in circuit court in Miami-Dade County, the lawsuit names Knauf Gips KG, a German corporation, Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. and Taishan Gypsum as the defendants. Also mentioned in the lawsuit were eight drywall suppliers for product liability and breach of implied warranty, and a dozen installers for breach of contract and breach of express and implied warranty.

“The manufacturers either knew or should have known that this drywall was defective and not appropriate for use in homes,” said Mark Sustana, general counsel for Lennar. “Lennar is acting promptly to correct the problem in the homes we delivered. Lennar, as a customer, expects the same from its manufacturers, suppliers and subcontractors. Unfortunately, they have refused to take responsibility for their defective product, leaving us no other option but to seek redress in a court of law.”

Lennar is seeking damages for its tarnished reputation, the

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