Sean Payton, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, is the lead plaintiff among 2,100 alleged victims in a case scheduled to begin this week against a company from China charged with shipping drywall that made people sick and damaged other property in the home.
The 591-page class action lawsuit is against Knauf Plasterboard Tainjin Co. Ltd., a Chinese company that manufactured drywall that is believed to be corroding homes and making people sick.
The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on behalf of people with this particular brand of drywall, attempts to give some scope to the problem of defective drywall as both plaintiffs and defendants figure out how many people are affected and much it will cost to repair damage.
About 2,100 people signed up to be a part of the suit by last week’s deadline. Another 600 people were too late to get involved, but Russ Herman, lead plaintiff counsel in the national litigation, said he plans to roll all of the late fliers into another complaint and file it overseas.