Patterson Granted Summary Judgment in Chinese Drywall Case

July 11, 2011.

       Bill Patterson was granted summary judgment for his client, Alfa Insurance Corporation, by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi based on exclusions in the homeowners’ policies for damage caused by Chinese drywall.

       Alfa Mutual was sued after denying coverage under its homeowners’ policies for damage to a residence that had been built with Chinese drywall.  Mr.  Patterson argued in his respective motion that no coverage was afforded under the policies because of policy exclusions for “latent defect,” “inherent vice,” “faulty materials,” “contamination” and “corrosion.”