UPDATE 2/22/2016: We are no longer pursuing this Lumber Liquidators lawsuit.
Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring has dangerously high levels of formaldehyde, a toxin so harmful that W&L filed a class action lawsuit in March against the company on behalf of consumers who installed this highly toxic flooring in their homes.
The firm is equally concerned about the serious health risks that the installers of Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring faced every day while working with this toxic product. The danger is that this flooring emits exceptionally high levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen found in the glue used to manufacture the flooring in China.
Even more disturbing is the fact that Lumber Liquidators may have known that this flooring material far exceeded California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions standards. However, Lumber Liquidators intentionally misled customers by telling them that the flooring met stringent California air-quality standards, according to published reports and labeling accompanying the flooring. It presumably misled those who installed the offending flooring as well, people who would have been exposed to the formaldehyde daily and at its highest levels when first removed from the box.
W&L Environmental, Toxic Tort & Consumer Protection Unit attorney Curt Marshall is particularly concerned, “Through their work with Lumber Liquidators’ flooring, these installers were repeatedly exposed to formaldehyde, which may have had a deleterious effect on their health. They should be compensated for their injuries, for pain and suffering, and for past and future treatment.”
Lumber Liquidators Knowingly Sold Unsafe Flooring
The enormity of Lumber Liquidators’ deceitfulness came to light on March 1, 2015, during an episode of CBS news show “60 Minutes.” That program revealed that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring contained dangerously high levels of formaldehyde and that the company had knowingly been selling this hazardous product to American consumers.
According to CBS, rather than using a more expensive and safer glue formulation, the Chinese manufacturers had been including higher amounts of formaldehyde in the laminate flooring glue. They did this to keep the costs of production down, so the company could turn a greater profit.
News reports indicate that Lumber Liquidators now faces not only numerous lawsuits but also an investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and criminal charges from the Department of Justice. As a result, the company has halted all sales of its Chinese-made laminate flooring.
Lumber Liquidators Put Worker Health at Risk
All workers should be guaranteed a safe working environment, and Lumber Liquidators knowingly put flooring installers’ health at risk. Our firm is particularly interested in hearing from all third-party installers who worked exclusively or predominantly installing Lumber Liquidators’ flooring.
Robin Greenwald, who heads the Environmental, Toxic Tort & Consumer Protection Unit, points out that, “Installers were knowingly exposed to a recognized human carcinogen. Workers in this country — and everywhere — should be treated properly and with their safety in mind. Formaldehyde exposure has been linked to myeloid leukemia and nasopharyngeal cancer, as well as other illnesses, and any workers who have taken ill from exposure to formaldehyde should receive the compensation they are due.”
Reach Out to W&L
If you are experiencing any new health concerns that you believe may be associated with installing Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring, you may be entitled to compensation.
To offer the best assistance possible, W&L would appreciate it if you could provide a detailed account of your situation and symptoms, as well as any diagnoses you’ve received from a doctor. Then, skilled attorneys can work with you to determine if your illness may have been caused by exposure to Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring.
Please contact us toll-free at 844-400-HELP or through our form, for immediate assistance.
Effects of Formaldehyde Exposure
A colorless, carcinogenic, strong-smelling chemical, formaldehyde is used in a variety of materials, including household and building products.
Long-term effects of formaldehyde exposure include:
- Myeloid leukemia
- Nasopharyngeal and other cancers
- Asthma-like respiratory problems
- Skin irritation
Short-term effects of formaldehyde exposure include:
- Irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat
- Severe allergic reactions of the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract
- Death, if ingested