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Interlocutory appeal filed in drywall cases

A drywall supplier and contractor have filed an interlocutory appeal of a Norfolk trial judge’s order to consolidate cases alleging property damage and personal injury from defective Chinese drywall.

The petition filed yesterday with the Supreme Court of Virginia contends that consolidation of the cases is inappropriate because the individual claims vary and involve at least half a dozen defendants, some with cross claims against each other.

Norfolk Circuit Judge Mary Jane Hall granted the consolidation request of lead plaintiffs’ attorney Richard J. Serpe of Norfolk after Serpe assured her that the focus of the case would be property damage rather than personal injury.

Our earlier post with a link to Hall’s opinion is here.

Midlothian attorneys Mark C. Nanavati and Kenneth F. Hardt represent the appellants, Venture Supply Inc. and Porter-Blaine Corp.

By Alan Cooper

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