By: AP
By: AP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A lawyer says the drywall in nine Alabama homes will be replaced as part of a settlement with a Chinese drywall company whose product is blamed for damaging appliances and causing health problems.

Attorney Brian Collins said Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. has agreed to pay for the repairs of more than 200 homes across the southeast.

It's part of a trial program that could be used for other plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The drywall was imported into the United States during a housing boom and for the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

It's believed to be tainted with sulfuric compounds that corrode metal.

More than 3,000 plaintiffs joined a lawsuit in New Orleans alleging damage from the drywall.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recommended that
affected homes be gutted.

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