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In the wake of a 60 Minutes investigation that was presented earlier this year showing that Chinese-made flooring sold and installed by the huge flooring company Lumber Liquidators contained alarming levels of formaldehyde, we have begun to investigate possible claims on behalf of residential and commercial consumers who have purchased, come in contact with, or had this contaminated flooring installed.
According to researchers, tests of nearly all samples of this flooring showed extremely high levels of formaldehyde, a chemical that is capable of causing a number of health issues for those who come in contact with it. Since the 60 Minutes report, a number of other reports have shown much the same problem with the same Lumber Liquidators laminated flooring.
Exposure to excessive toxins such as formaldehyde can include a number of respiratory illnesses, including asthma, and even cancer. When exposed at high levels, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, which has been linked to various types of cancer, including myeloid leukemia and nasopharyngeal cancer. Children are believed to be most susceptible to these issues, in part because they tend to be in closer contact with flooring than adults. For these reasons, any contaminated flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators should be removed right away.
While low levels of formaldehyde are actually quite common in flooring, there are strict legal limits regarding how much can be used. The organization that performed this testing looked at 150 boxes of the Chinese-manufactured Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring, which they had purchased at retail stores throughout California, and every single sample tested at more than 100 times the recommended maximum exposure. Despite such high levels of formaldehyde, the flooring was mislabeled as having complied with the strict health standards regarding chemical exposure in floor covering products.
Several lawsuits have been filed, including one to stop the company from selling the potentially hazardous laminate flooring. These product liability lawsuits allege that the company not only failed to warn consumers about the cancer-causing chemical in its flooring, but also kept the mislabeled flooring in its stores well beyond the time when they were made aware of the problem.
It has also been alleged that Lumber Liquidators actively engaged in a false and misleading campaign regarding these problems by claiming that the formaldehyde in its products met the strict emissions standards that existed in California and that they had applied those standards to all flooring sold throughout the country, including in Texas.
In July 2015, The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated multiple actions concerning the Chinese wood flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators in the Eastern District of Virginia. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga and District Judge T. Rawles Jones will preside over In Re: Lumber Liquidators Chinese-Manufactured Flooring Products Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2627.
If you have any of this flooring in your home, apartment complex or commercial building, you may be able to file a claim and hold the company accountable for having sold flooring containing dangerous levels of formaldehyde and putting you and your family at serious risk. The costs of the necessary renovations can be very high, and you should not bear that financial burden alone. Please contact the skilled attorneys at Raizner Slania as soon as possible and let us look at the situation and see if you have a case.