The Associated Press has a short news piece that demonstrates again how the Chinese drywall issue has affected people of all types and economic backgrounds. Reporting on a lawsuit filed against drywall manufacturer Knauf, the article notes that Saints head coach Sean Payton has been named lead plaintiff in a suit with over 2,000 party members. The article notes:
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is one of about 2,100 plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against a Chinese manufacturer of drywall blamed for damaging homes and sickening residents.
Payton is listed as the lead plaintiff in a suit filed [December 9th] in federal court in New Orleans against Knauf Plasterboard Tainjin Co. Numerous lawsuits have been filed over the drywall.
In June, Payton told reporters he moved his family out of their suburban New Orleans home and said he was suing the Chinese maker of drywall used in it.
The plaintiffs in the newly filed suit include residents of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. Dozens of homebuilders, remodelers, building suppliers and drywall distributors also are named as defendants.
It can only be hoped that the attachment of Payton’s name, albeit because he was a victim of the faulty import, might bring more attention to this situation and, as a result, lead to more pressure on manufacturers to help remedy the plight many homeowners in the Gulf Coast are experiencing.