Chinese drywall cases will not be shifted to Hague

A quick news bit that emerged yesterday regarding the current pre-trial matters being conducted in New Orleans regarding Chinese drywall and liability is worth a read. U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon denied a motion to shift the discovery for litigation involving the faulty wallboard to the international supervision of the Hague.

Rebecca Mowbray of the Times-Picayune reports

U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon denied a motion Thursday by the German company Knauf Gips to conduct discovery in the Chinese drywall litigation under the rules of international litigation in the Hague.

Plaintiffs and U.S. companies view the move as a sign that Fallon, the judge presiding over the national consolidated litigation over Chinese drywall in New Orleans, will fight to hold foreign manufacturers of Chinese drywall accountable…

The first trials in the Chinese drywall litigation are expected to begin in January.

A very interesting article that shows how the case appears to be an important move for Fallon to hold companies in the country for the litigation and not let it slip into international jurisdiction.

Enjoy your weekend.

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