Lumber Liquidators Faces Class Action for Formaldehyde in Flooring
Four New York residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators for toxic amounts of formaldehyde in imported Chinese laminate flooring.
Lumber Liquidators is the largest hardwood and laminate flooring supplier in the United States. Numerous consumer complaints about foul chemical smells, itchy throat, watery eyes, nausea, and respiratory distress, led 60 Minutes to investigate and determine that the company’s laminate flooring, imported from Chinese manufacturers, had potentially dangerous levels of formaldehyde as defined by the state of California.
The class-action lawsuit, which was filed in Federal Court in Manhattan, contends that Lumber Liquidators failed to warn consumers about the manufacturing process involved in the laminate flooring, which has, in some cases, led to levels of formaldehyde over 20 times the legal, safe limit per the state of California. Reportedly, Lumber Liquidators even lied about the content of the wood glue used to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
One plaintiff said that he purchased laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators and, while installing it, suffered an asthma attack and had to be hospitalized for a day, although he had no history of asthma.
“He needs to use asthma medications and an inhaler whenever he is inside his home,” the suit said. “His medical doctor told him that dust from the flooring installation is causing the asthma.”
Second Lawsuit Claims Lumber Liquidators Provided Faulty Formaldehyde Home Test Kits
The most recent lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators claims that the company supplied customers with home test kits to determine levels of formaldehyde emanating from the laminate flooring, but that the kits were faulty.
According to the complaint filed in San Jose, California, the home testing kits were not independently evaluated and did not use methods approved by California air quality regulators.
Plaintiffs Ryan and Kristin Brandt said that Lumber Liquidators informed them that their independent home test kit was not accurate, and instead they should use the home test kit supplied by the flooring manufacturer. The Brandts said that they were told to use the test kit “solely on the air in the home and not on the actual composite flooring product,” but that this statement, as well as the previous statement regarding their original kit, is a “false and a deliberate attempt to foster a false sense of security.”
The Strom Law Firm is Investigating Personal Injury Claims Involving Lumber Liquidators Laminate Flooring
If you live in South Carolina and have purchased imported, Chinese-manufactured, laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators and have since suffered side effects including:
- Itchy or irritated nose or throat
- Watery, blurry, burning, or itchy eyes
- Respiratory distress or increased respiratory illness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lung cancer
- Leukemia or lymphoma
You may be eligible to join the Lumber Liquidators class-action lawsuit alleging serious personal injuries from levels of formaldehyde in the flooring.
The South Carolina class action and personal injury attorneys at the Strom Law Firm are currently investigating cases claiming these side effects from Lumber Liquidators flooring. We offer a free, confidential case evaluation to discuss your injuries and how we can help, so contact us today. 803.252.4800