A Norfolk state court judge hearing 65 Chinese drywall lawsuits has rejected motions to disqualify the plaintiffs’ lawyer and move some of the cases to other courts.
Norfolk lawyer Richard Serpe can continue to represent both class action plaintiffs and individual plaintiffs in the drywall cases, Circuit Judge Mary Jane Hall ruled last week. “[T]he Court does not find an inherent conflict between representation of a class and representation of individual claimants,” Hall wrote, concurring with the decision of a federal judge presiding over the class action.
The judge also denied motions to transfer cases involving homes outside of Norfolk.
By Peter Vieth