The Consumer Products Safety Commission has opened an investigation into the formaldehyde emissions of the flooring and other materials sold by Lumber Liquidators. The agency has the authority to force a recall of products, and experts estimate that the affected flooring and other materials are in hundreds of thousands of homes across the U.S. As a result, the company is facing a formaldehyde lawsuit from homeowners.
- 1 A recent 60 Minutes report exposed the dangers of Chinese-made laminate flooring by Lumber Liquidators.
- 1.1 The company has settled the case and agreed to pay $22 million in cash and $14 million in store credit vouchers to customers.
A recent 60 Minutes report exposed the dangers of Chinese-made laminate flooring by Lumber Liquidators.
The US Centers for Disease Control found elevated levels of formaldehyde in the flooring. This is the first formaldehyde-related lawsuit in the country. The company has defended its products and is appealing the court’s decision. But the company continues to appeal the decision.
The company was sued after receiving formaldehyde emission warnings from health agencies and government regulators. But the company did not heed the warnings. It continued to use the same suppliers and solicited denials from them. The company has also admitted to not testing its products for formaldehyde. A settlement will enable the company to continue to sell its products, but the legal process will likely be long and difficult.
The company has settled the case and agreed to pay $22 million in cash and $14 million in store credit vouchers to customers.
The compensation will cover the costs of replacing and repairing damaged flooring. The flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators was made in China, and the official results were found to be unsafe for consumers. The company is also obligated to refund the cost of removing damaged laminate flooring.
The initial legal action filed by Lumber Liquidators was based on EPA reports that the company sold Chinese-made flooring with elevated levels of formaldehyde. The company’s founder, Robert Lynch, says the allegations are based on tests and not on the company’s internal practices. Despite the lawsuit, the CEO of the company has resigned unexpectedly. While he has denied the accusations against Lumber Liquidators, the news coverage has caused a major shake-up in the business.
Despite the initial hiccups in the company’s management, the company has defended itself in the lawsuit.
It has resisted requests to stop the sale of Chinese laminate flooring, which it says is unsafe for consumers. Its founder has said that the formaldehyde levels of the flooring were not high enough to be dangerous. The company’s board has also rejected the accusations, saying that they are based on unreliable air tests.
Moreover, the lawsuits allege that Lumber Liquidators failed to provide adequate warnings about the harmful effects of formaldehyde in their flooring. The company has allegedly engaged in false campaigns about this chemical and has not provided accurate results. This has made the products unsafe for consumers and has forced a retraction of the lawsuit. The company has also been accused of using illegally harvested wood in its laminate floors.
The Lumber Liquidators formaldehyde lawsuit claims that the retailer failed to properly warn consumers about the risks of formaldehyde.
In the past, the company was unable to provide proper warnings and has lied to the California Air Resources Board regarding the wood glue used in their flooring. As a result, the class action has led to a revocation of the law and the sale of toxic products.
The lawsuits have also accused Lumber Liquidators of fraudulent practices and negligent misrepresentation. The company violated the Magnuson-Moss warranty act and the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act by knowingly selling harmful materials. The company marketed laminate flooring that contained high levels of formaldehyde and knowingly sold them to consumers. In addition to this, the lawsuits claim that the company had been deceptive in its advertising. The false claims have prompted the consumer to opt for a product that was made from cheap Chinese wood.
The Lumber Liquidators formaldehyde lawsuit brands have claimed that the company’s laminate flooring is contaminated with the chemical formaldehyde. In 2013 it was found that 30 out of 31 samples of the laminate flooring did not meet the California Air Resources Board’s safety standards. Further, the company is also accused of illegal activity, which has led to the filing of criminal charges by the Department of Justice.