Melancon applauds AG lawsuit over tainted Chinese drywall

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon applauded the Louisiana attorney general's decision to sue companies that made and installed Chinese drywall linked to corrosion and possible health problems.

Melancon said the suit would "hold accountable those companies that are responsible for putting toxic Chinese drywall in our homes."

On Wednesday, Louisiana Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell filed a suit against a slew of companies. Caldwell said the suit would help the state cover the costs caused by the allegedly defective drywall. Caldwell said the state has lost tax revenues and faces high medical and disposal costs.

A flood of drywall from China came into Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

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