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Sokolove Law Launches Chinese Drywall Consumer Advocacy Hotline
Date:7/8/2009

NEWTON, Mass., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Sokolove Law LLC, the leader in the reinvention of how people obtain legal services, today launched a telephone hotline to provide consumers with general information about the potential health hazards from the use of tainted Chinese-made drywall in U.S. homes. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Environmental Protection Agency and the Dept of Health & Human Services, over 180 complaints have been received from residents in 13 states who believe their health symptoms and/or the corrosion of certain metal components in their homes are related to the presence of drywall imported from China.*

The increase in installation of drywall produced in China is a result of a shortfall of available U.S. manufactured building materials to rebuild the more than 1.2 million units of housing devastated by successive hurricanes over the last 5 years. The estimated number of U.S. homes affected by the tainted drywall is 100,000 nationwide, of which 30,000 of them are in Florida alone.

The use of Chinese drywall can lead to a sulfur or rotten egg smell inside the house, as well as blacked and corroded metal, premature failure of central air conditioning units, and intermittent operation or failure of many household appliances. Health concerns such as itchy eyes, difficulty breathing, asthma attacks, persistent coughing, nosebleeds, and sinus infections have also been reported.

"Most people in these affected areas have absolutely no idea of the potential health risks that could be associated with the use of this type of drywall," said Jim Sokolove, Chairman of Sokolove Law. "The hotline is intended to provide consumers with information about Chinese-made drywall and what resources might be available if their health has been compromised."

The consumer hotline, 1-888-816-0086, will be staffed by case managers, who can provide callers with general information about the possible risks associated with Chinese drywall.

About Sokolove Law

For nearly 30 years, Sokolove Law has reinvented how people obtain legal services. Our mission is to provide equal access to the civil justice system while ensuring superior quality legal representation. As a pioneer in legal advertising, Sokolove Law has grown to be the largest marketer of legal services in the country. Our proven business model matches particular client needs to the more than 400 law firms that we work with. The result is success for our clients and co-counsel. Sokolove Law operates as a limited liability company in all states except Virginia, California, Michigan, and Tennessee, where it operates as a limited liability partnership. Learn more about Sokolove Law at www.sokolovelaw.com

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* CPSC report 12/22/08


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