Chinese laminate wood flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators has been linked to toxic levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemical. If you have this flooring in your home or tested positive for elevated levels of formaldehyde, you may be entitled to compensation.
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Lumber Liquidators Class Action
A class action lawsuit (PDF) against Lumber Liquidators accuses the company of selling laminate wood flooring made in China that can slowly poison people with formaldehyde.
The products were marketed as “environmentally-friendly,” with advertisements featuring children running and playing on the floors. However, lawsuits claim the products were labeled as formaldehyde-compliant when in fact they were not.
The problem is that the “core” of the product is made of wood particles stuck together with a cheap glue that contains formaldehyde. Over time, formaldehyde gas seeps out of the core and into the air.
Breathing this toxic chemical can cause severe health problems, including cancer and asthma. The risk is especially serious for young children, because they spend a lot of time playing or crawling on the ground.
In March 2015, investigators with CBS News’ 60 Minutes program went straight to the source — China — and recorded factory managers who admitted mislabeling toxic flooring as safe:
“Employees at the mills openly admitted that they used core boards with higher levels of formaldehyde to make Lumber Liquidators laminates, saving the company 10-15% on the price. At all three mills, they also admitted falsely labeling the company’s laminate flooring as CARB-2, meaning it meets California formaldehyde emissions standards and the new U.S. federal law.”
How Do I Test My Floors?
If you purchased and installed laminated hardwood flooring from Lumber Liquidators, contact our attorneys for more information about joining this class action lawsuit. We may be able to help you test your floors as part of our investigation into your case. Click here for more information on how to test your floors.
What Flooring Products Contain Formaldehyde?
The class action complaint alleges that the following products sold by Lumber Liquidators have a high toxicity of formaldehyde that exceeds the “safe” level of 40 μg/day (micrograms per day), which was established by the state of California:
- 8 mm Bristol County Cherry Laminate Flooring
- 8 mm Dream Home Nirvana French Oak Laminate Flooring
- 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Antique Bamboo Laminate Flooring
- 12 mm Dream Home St. James Oceanside Plank Bamboo Laminate Flooring
- 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Warm Springs Chestnut Laminate Flooring
- 15 mm Dream Home St. James Sky Lakes Pine Laminate Flooring
- 12 mm Dream Home Ispiri Chimney Tops Smoked Oak Laminate Flooring
- 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Imperial Teak Laminate Flooring
- 12 mm Dream Home St. James Vintner’s Reserve Laminate Flooring
- 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Cape Doctor Laminate Flooring
- 12 mm Dream Home St. James Cumberland Mountain Oak
- And more
Products Are “Clearly” Not Compliant With Formaldehyde Limits
Many other products could be added to this list as more testing is completed. In June 2013, for example, an article in Seeking Alpha reported that Chinese-made wood flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators failed formaldehyde emissions testing:
“The tested product, Mayflower 5/16” x 5” Bund Birch Engineered, emits a staggering three and half times over the government mandated maximum emission level. The product is clearly not CARB [California Air Resources Board] compliant yet Lumber Liquidators tagged CARB compliance on the box.”
Federal Class Action Lawsuits Filed
After this article was published, the stock-price of Lumber Liquidators dropped and a federal securities class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Virginia. Another class action involving formaldehyde-related complaints was filed in December 2013. Since then, a number of individuals have complained about formaldehyde problems with Chinese-made products.
Health Problems Linked to Formaldehyde in Flooring
- Eye irritation, stinging, burning, watery)
- Nose and throat irritation, soreness, runny nose, sneezing, sinus blockage, cancer
- Respiratory problems
- Wheezing and coughing
- Chest tightness
- Allergic contact dermatitis
- Skin rash, blisters, or dry flaky skin
- Attention deficit disorders
- Impaired dexterity, memory, and equilibrium
- And more