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Louisiana family with drywall-tainted home awarded $164K

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has awarded more than $164,000 to a family whose home was ruined by Chinese-made drywall.

Tuesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon comes less than a month after he awarded $2.6 million to seven Virginia families. Fallon's earlier decision was the first for a batch of federal lawsuits over drywall-tainted homes.

Fallon presided over a trial without a jury for the case brought by the Hernandez family of Mandeville, LA. He ruled all drywall must be removed and the home needs to gutted. He also agreed that electrical wiring, plumbing components, the heating and air conditioning system and appliances must be replaced.

Manufacturer Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. argued the family's home can be repaired for less than $59,000.

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