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Chinese drywall: remediate at own risk?

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Editor's note: This article is reposted with permission by The Real Deal. Click here to view the original article. By JENNIFER LECLAIRE As South Florida Chinese drywall lawsuits head to trial in federal court, local construction companies are rushing to market with offers to remediate properties affected by the material. But legal experts debate whether or not homeowners are signing their legal rights away in exchange for a property that can never be truly remediated. In late December, Homestead residents Jason and Melissa Harrell saw movement in their lawsuit against Palm Holdings, Banner Supply, South Kendall Construction and Keys Gate Realty over Chinese drywall issues that forced them out of their home in 2006. Their victory could open the door to a wave of new suits if homeowners don't let builders attempt to remediate, according to Allison Grant, a member of the commercial litigation and construction litigation practice groups at the law firm Shapiro, Blasi, Wasser...