Local Builder Sued in North Carolina For Chinese Drywall

Published on April 25, 2009 by

Thus far, most news about Chinese Drywall litigation concerns class action suits and large building outfits like WCI or Lennar Co. In North Carolina, however, one news station is reporting a different type of claim, and a claim that we’ve foreshadowed here at the Chinese Drywall Blog.

A local couple in North Carolina has brought a direct action against its builder, Stafford Custom Homes, Inc., for the Chinese Drywall damages. The suit is one of the first – if not the firsts – publicized lawsuits whereby a homeowner has directly brought suit against their builder.

Stafford Custom Homes, Inc. is a local N.C. builder like many builders across the country who may be victims of the Chinese Drywall crisis. On its website, it describes its business as follows:

A developer and builder who values family and creates quality communities that enrich the family lifestyle

It’s nearly certain that Stafford Custom Homes – like so many other local builders – innocently installed this Chinese Drywall. Today, however, they are facing complicated litigation and a potential hefty liability to the homeowners.

It will be interesting to watch this case unfold, and especially to see whether the builder’s GL insurance covers the claim or asserts non-coverage under the policy’s pollution exclusions.

Read a copy of the complaint here: Flannigan v. Stafford Custom Homes, Inc.

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