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Judge finds Chinese drywall maker in contempt
Judge finds drywall manufacturer in contempt, orders fines, prohibition on business in US
Associated Press
2014-07-19 06:42 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees -- and to stop doing business in the United States -- as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon found Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. in contempt of court.

Taishan had contested U.S. Courts' jurisdiction over claims that gasses released by the drywall corroded metals and caused major appliances to fail.

Fallon's ruling Thursday noted that Taishan lost that argument at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He noted instances where Taishan refused to appear at later court proceedings.

Taishan attorneys listed in court records did not immediately respond Friday to requests for comment.

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