La. sues companies over tainted Chinese drywall

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s attorney general is suing building supply manufacturers and developers over imported Chinese drywall that’s been blamed for damaging homes and sickening people.

James D. “Buddy” Caldwell said he filed a lawsuit in state court on Wednesday to help state and local governments recoup the cost of dealing with the drywall. The suit names a slew of companies — from Chinese drywall manufacturers to home developers — as defendants.

Caldwell says the state has lost tax revenues, suffered a decrease in property values and faces high disposal costs because of the drywall.

He didn’t say much money it’s cost the state or how much he was seeking in damages.

Caldwell said 1.1 million sheets of Chinese drywall were brought into Louisiana after Katrina hit in 2005.