Members of Congress to Top U.S. Trade Official: Hold Chinese Manufacturers AccountablePosted by Randy | July 08, 2011
If you have followed the issue of Chinese drywall over the past couple of years, you know that it has destroyed thousands of homes and the financial lives of many families in the United States. The contaminated drywall, manufactured in China and imported into Hampton Roads, emits semi-toxic sulfur gasses that corrode metal and have been linked to adverse health conditions.
Because our courts have limited ability to impose or enforce judgments against foreign companies, finding resolution in the case has been a lengthy process. In April, a federal judge awarded five Virginia homeowners $2.6 million dollars in a lawsuit against the Chinese firm. However, the company filed an appeal and is now challenging the U.S. court’s jurisdiction over the issue.
I believe these Chinese companies must be held accountable for the effects of their hazardous product.
Just this week, I joined with ten of my colleagues in taking the issue to the Administration's top trade official asking that he hold Chinese manufacturers accountable. In our letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, we specifically requested a summary of actions the office has taken so far and its plan of action moving forward.
A copy of the letter is available here. You can also read about it in this article on the Virginian-Pilot online.
Do you agree that these Chinese drywall manufacturers need to be held accountable?
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