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Class Action Accuses Lumber Liquidators of Cover-Up


April 8, 2015 — A couple from Michigan have joined a class action lawsuit accusing Lumber Liquidators of selling unreliable at-home test kits and covering up that the kits do not come from an independent third party, but the company itself.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Kenneth and Casandra Barrett are named as plaintiffs in a class action filed yesterday in federal court in California.

They installed about 1,500 square feet of 12-millimeter Dream Home Ispiri America’s Mission Olive Laminate Flooring purchased from Lumber Liquidators in Grand Rapids.

After they developed health problems consistent with formaldehyde exposure, including chronic runny noses and frequent headaches, they became concerned that their floors might be making them sick.

Lumber Liquidators has offered free at-home test kits. However, according to the lawsuit:

“The third party providing the home testing kits is not independent, but is being paid by Lumber Liquidators. The testing kits being offered do not use testing methods that are commonly accepted and that CARB recommends.”

The lawsuit also claims the test kits are not reliable. The kits contain a plastic disc that is supposed to test formaldehyde in the air at least 4 feet above the floors and only for 24-48 hours.

The test is not comprehensive because it only checks formaldehyde in the air — not at the source, in the flooring itself. Furthermore, children and pets are exposed directly to the floors — not 4 feet above.

The lawsuit further alleges:

“The tests Lumber Liquidators is offering are inherently unreliable, designed to underreport the formaldehyde levels present in the composite flooring, and are not designed to measure formaldehyde emissions from a particular source.”


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