5th Circ. Should Merge Faulty Drywall Appeals, Plaintiffs Say

Law360, Chicago (August 23, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit should consolidate for oral argument Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd.’s separate appeals of a ruling that allowed numerous suits over defective drywall to go forward against the Chinese company, several class action plaintiffs said Thursday.

The plaintiffs, all homeowners whose suits are part of sprawling multidistrict litigation pending in Louisiana, said in a court filing that Taishan’s separate appeals all hinge on the same central question of whether the MDL court has jurisdiction over the Chinese company.

“Given the overlapping legal arguments, the overlapping...
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