Lumber Liquidators Class Action Lawsuit: Dangerous Formaldehyde Levels in Flooring
Lumber Liquidators was founded in 1993 by a contractor who re-sold excess wood. Then, in 1996, the company became popular for inexpensively sourcing hardwood and laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is an inexpensive alternative to hardwood floors, and is created using combinations of sawdust, wood particles, resin, and glue. A base layer of pressed composite wood, created by mixing sawdust or wood particles with glue or resin, has a top layer of veneer or a picture of wood to make the flooring appear to have wood grain.
However, the cut in cost is now related to a safety hazard for consumers – the company’s laminate flooring has been found to have dangerous levels of formaldehyde, which can make consumers, their children, and their pets gravely ill. If you or someone you love suffered a serious injury as a result of dangerous levels of formaldehyde, you could be entitled to compensation. Give us a call today to learn more. 803.252.4800.
60 Minutes Investigative Report
An investigative report on 60 Minutes in March 2015 revealed that Lumber Liquidators sold Chinese-made laminate flooring that had over 20 times the legally safe levels of formaldehyde as defined by the state of California. Consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators for the hazardous chemicals in San Francisco. Meanwhile, company owner Tom Sullivan has refused to accept the methodology for measuring formaldehyde levels in his company’s laminate flooring.
Exposure to high levels of formaldehyde can lead to short-term issues like itchy eyes, burning in the nose and throat, nausea, and respiratory distress. The chemical has also been linked to life-limiting long-term issues as well, including multiple types of cancer, especially lung cancer and leukemia.
The California class action complaint states that between October 2013 and November 2014, Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring was tested at three accredited laboratories and found to have dangerously high levels of formaldehyde, thereby violating California’s formaldehyde emission standards. The lumber was tested next to other laminate flooring from other major retailers including Home Depot and Lowe’s.
While the original class action lawsuit is officially in California, plaintiffs from all over the country who have purchased laminate flooring at Lumber Liquidators, and have since suffered short- or long-term problems caused by formaldehyde fumes, can join the class action lawsuit.
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If you live in South Carolina or Georgia, purchased laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators, and have since suffered any of the following symptoms:
- 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 have a personal injury claim against Lumber Liquidators for formaldehyde poisoning. You could also be entitled to decreased property value, the cost for floor removal and replacement, and medical expenses. Don’t wait until its too late. You deserve your day in court. We offer free consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today. 803.252.4800