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Holding foreign manufacturers accountable, presumably by suing

Next Tuesday, a hearing in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Court, "Leveling the Playing Field and Protecting Americans: Holding Foreign Manufacturers Accountable." Presiding over the hearing is Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who as Rhode Island's attorney general initiated the public nuisance, contingency-lawyer lawsuit against the paint manufacturers.

Litigation in response to Chinese drywall contamination will certainly be a topic of discussion, and the hearing could even return to the Chinese toy issue that gave birth to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. The witness list (with links where available.)

Louise Ellen Teitz
Professor of Law
Roger Williams University School of Law
Bristol, Rhode Island

Thomas L. Gowen
Locks Law Firm
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chuck Stefan
The Mitchell Company
Mobile, Alabama

Victor E. Schwartz
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Public Policy Group
On behalf of the Institute for Legal Reform, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC

Gowan does both complex personal injury and civil litigation, as well as commercial real estate law. The Mitchell Company, its construction arm, recently filed a class-action suit against a German firm, Knauf, for supplying high-sulfur Chinese-made drywall to U.S. construction companies.

Another hearing should attract heavy media coverage next week, especially from the Southern states where contaminated drywall is concentrated. A Senate Commerce subcommittee meets Thursday, "Health and Product Safety Issues Associated with Imported Drywall."

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
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Manhattan Institute


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