To put this in context, following is a partial list of the complaints received regarding the Chinese-manufactured drywall:
the faulty drywall gives off a rotten-egg smell, and also gives off chemicals that rust air conditioning coils and either tarnishes or ruins other metals inside the home, including jewelry, electrical wiring, and plumbing. Those living in homes with the defective product have complained of experiencing respiratory difficulties, nausea and skin-related problems that tend to lessen when leaving the home, and are aggravated while at home. These are hardly "minor" discomforts.
At the very least, this story should help inform the tort reform debate, in order to assure that people with legitimate claims are not left subject to the whim (and perhaps, irresponsibility) of governmental officials whose agenda does not have the public's safety as their foremost concern.
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