Lumber Liquidators Class-Action Lawsuits Contend That The Company’s Chinese-Made Laminate Flooring Violates California’s Formaldehyde Emissions Standards.
As class-action complaints continue to be filed against Lumber Liquidators over its laminate flooring products made in China, a federal judicial panel will hear oral arguments next week on a request to consolidate all federally filed class-action complaints against the company. Plaintiffs involved in litigation over Lumber Liquidators’ composite wood flooring that could potentially emit high levels of formaldehyde have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrct Litigation (JPML) to centralize the lawsuits in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. The JPML has scheduled oral arguments on the request for May 28 at the U.S. Courthouse Ceremonial Courtroom in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The JPML’s Notice of Hearing Session shows that there are 10 pending Lumber Liquidators class-action lawsuits alleging that Lumber Liquidators sells laminate flooring that contain levels that exceed their states’ limits for formaldehyde, a cancer-causing agent. (In Re: Lumber Liquidators Chinese Manufactured Flooring Products Marketing, Sales, Practices And Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2627)
“The plaintiffs are in favor of the consolidation because they allege in their complaints that they have incurred financial losses because of having to remove the laminate flooring that they purchased from Lumber Liquidators and had installed in their homes,” says Wright & Schulte LLC, a nationwide law firm that represents people who have been harmed by defective products.
Consumers may be entitled for reimbursement for the costs of installing the flooring or having the flooring removed, losses of the use of their home or diminished property values. The law firm is offering free legal reviews to consumers who have a valid claim against Lumber Liquidators due to its Chinese-made laminate flooring. To learn more, please contact Wright & Schulte LLC as soon possible for a free, Lumber Liquidators lawsuit consultation to ensure you are treated fairly and receive all of the compensation the law allows.
Court documents indicate that the controversy surrounding Lumber Liquidators’ composite wood flooring manufactured in China began after CBS’ 60 Minutes featured the company’s product on a program in March. According to the court records, 60 Minutes launched an investigation into customers’ complaints that Lumber Liquidators flooring may fail to meet health and safety standards because of the high formaldehyde levels in the Chinese-produced products. 60 Minutes had 31 boxes of different hardwood flooring products tested in independent laboratories. Test results showed that only one of the flooring samples made in China complied with the California Air Resource Board (CARB) regulations and some samples exceeded formaldehyde emissions by more than 13 times the limit set by CARB, according to court documents. The Lumber Liquidator complaints further mentioned that 60 Minutes’ investigative team went to three factories in China that make Lumber Liquidators flooring products, and managers admitted that the company’s flooring products “are falsely labeled as being CARB compliant.”
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As stated in court documents and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), formaldehyde is used in the glues to bind wood particles together to make the core boards in laminate flooring. Formaldehyde is a gas known to cause cancer, according to the CDC. The Lumber Liquidator lawsuits claim that formaldehyde causes nose, sinus and lung cancer and its symptoms include bronchitis, nausea, dizziness, headaches, burning eyes, nose, sore or dry throat coughing and throat irritation.
Court records show that the plaintiffs who are asking the federal judicial panel for consolidation of the Lumber Liquidator complaints filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in the U.S. District Court, District of Northern California. The plaintiffs, who have purchased Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring products, accuse the company of making “false and misleading” statements to consumers about the company’s CARB compliance, according to the class-action complaint. The plaintiffs contend that they would not have purchased the laminate flooring had they known the flooring was not CARB compliant. (Case No. 3:15-cv-01012)
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