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Lumber Liquidators Faces Multiple Lawsuits Across for Chinese-Made Laminate Flooring Products

January 1, 1970 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

Many people across the United States have bought laminate flooring products from Lumber Liquidators. Laminate flooring products are pressed together and sealed with adhesives applying urea formaldehyde resin. In early March 2015, 60 Minutes aired a television segment that reported possible excessive formaldehyde levels in Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring products manufactured in China.

Lumber Liquidators is a corporation with a principal place of business in Virginia. The company claims to have over 300 stores across the country. Lumber Liquidators maintains that their products follow certain standards, specifically the California Air Resource Board (“CARB”) regulations.

The 60 Minutes segment highlighted the possibility that certain products possibly contain higher formaldehyde levels and arenot CARB compliant. The 60 Minutes team reported that employees at various mills admitted to using core boards with higher levels of formaldehyde.

Why is this potentially a serious problem?

Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen that can possibly cause cancer. Further, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) formaldehyde is a sensitizing agent that can cause immune system response. In a nutshell, excessive formaldehyde levels can potentially cause health issues and/or property damage.

Currently, the Judicial Panel for Multi-District Litigation (“JPML”) is scheduled to entertain arguments on whether these cases should be consolidated under one court for pre-trial proceedings on May 28, 2015. It bears watching to see what the JPML decides to do with these cases.