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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bill Nelson is continuing his effort to help Florida homeowners affected bya Chinese drywall company's defective product.

Following a recentfederal appeals court ruling that U.S. courts have jurisdiction over claims against the company, Sen. Nelsonhas drafted a letter that is being circulated to other senators urging manufacturerTaishan Gypsum Co.to reach a fair settlement.

"On behalf of thousands of Americans that continue to deal with the impacts of problem, Chinese drywall, we ... urge you to reach a fair and just settlement," Sen. Nelson included in his letter.

Florida saw the worst cases of defective drywall, with 2,000 of the reported 3,400 cases in the country.

Back in 2009, Sen. Nelson helped jumpstart the federal investigation into Chinese drywall and has gotten mortgage associations to help out homeowners with overdue mortgage payments.

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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Jan. 28 that Taishan lost its chance for defense by failing to deal with plaintiffs' attorneys or the court until it was ordered to pay.

Taishan was one of two major manufacturers of drywall that caused problems from stenches resembling a "rotten egg smell" to metal corrosion to health issues for homeowners including asthma, coughing, headaches, sore throats and irritated eyes. It was installed in an estimated 12,000 to 20,000 U.S. homes.

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