Lawsuit Alleges Lumber Liquidators' Hardwood Flooring Emits Dangerous Levels of Formaldehyde, ClassAction.org Reports
A class action lawsuit alleges that certain hardwood flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators off-gasses more than three times the legal limit of formaldehyde, and that the company illegally sources its wood products from China and other countries inhabited by
According to the lawsuit, Lumber Liquidators advertises its flooring as being compliant with the federal legal levels for formaldehyde emissions, which were adapted from the California Air Resources Board (CARB); however, blogger Xuhua Zhou of the website Seeking Alpha took part in an independent study in 2013 that found Lumber Liquidators’ Mayflower Bund Birch Engineered hardwood emitted more than three-and-a-half times the legal level for formaldehyde. Following Zhou’s investigation, Lumber Liquidators allegedly failed to acknowledge his results and instead, launched a clearance sale to “get rid of existing inventory faster,” Zhou said. Three months after the investigation, Lumber Liquidators’ headquarters and neighboring corporate office in Virginia were raided by the United States Federal Special Agents. The raid found that the company was harvesting timber from forests in eastern Russia (which house critically endangered species) and later processing that timber in China.
Although formaldehyde is a colorless gas, some homeowners with Lumber Liquidators hardwood flooring said they immediately noticed a smell coming from the wood, which was later identified as formaldehyde emissions, the lawsuit alleges. While short-term exposure to formaldehyde may cause problems including asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, long-term exposure may increase an individual’s risk of developing cancer, according to the lawsuit.
The three named plaintiffs in the lawsuit purchased Lumber Liquidators’ Mayflower Birch brand flooring, Morningstar Bamboo flooring and Dream Home – St. James Blacksburg Barn Board brand flooring, all of which were manufactured in China. They allege that they sustained financial losses after purchasing Lumber Liquidators’ hardwood flooring and are seeking compensation for the cost of installation and removal, remediation, restocking fees and other losses.
The class action lawsuit seeks to represent all persons and entities in the United States who purchased and installed hardwood flooring from Lumber Liquidators that was sourced, processed or manufactured in China.
If you had Lumber Liquidators’ hardwood flooring installed in your home, you may be able to seek compensation for the cost of installation and removal of your flooring. Visit http://www.classaction.org/lumber-liquidators today and fill out our free case review form to learn more.
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