Massachusetts Consumer Files Class-Action Lawsuit Against Lumber Liquidators for Alleged Formaldehyde-Tainted Flooring

Lawsuit States Lumber Liquidators Laminate Flooring Contains Hazardous Levels of Cancer-Causing Chemicals

BOSTON Consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman is representing Massachusetts consumers in a class-action lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators Inc. (NYSE:LL) a laminate wood flooring company, for allegedly selling flooring tainted with hazardous levels of formaldehyde. Hagens Berman has a strong track record of successfully representing homeowners in product defect and liability suits, including an $8.25 million settlement with Trex Company Inc. for product defects and consumer law violations.

The 30-page lawsuit filed on Mar. 9, 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleges that Lumber Liquidators sold composite flooring manufactured in China tainted with hazardous levels of formaldehyde while falsely labeling their products as meeting or exceeding California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions standards.

Concerned consumers who purchased “Dream Home” Lumber Liquidators flooring may contact Hagens Berman by emailing [email protected] or by calling 206-623-7292. Additional information about the investigation is available at

“The irony is that Lumber Liquidators has aggressively touted the safety of its products, but reports have surfaced showing that this composite flooring from Lumber Liquidators contains alarmingly high levels of formaldehyde,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman and attorney representing consumers in the case. “We intend to prove that for nearly two years, and possibly longer, Lumber Liquidators has known that flooring products it has manufactured in China emit unsafe levels of this cancer-causing chemical.”

Formaldehyde can cause myeloid leukemia and other cancers at high levels, as well as respiratory issues and eye, nose and throat irritation even at low levels.

A report from “60 Minutes” recently stated that all laminate flooring carried by Lumber Liquidators bears a label indicating that it is CARB Phase 2–compliant, but that its flooring manufactured in China that bears this label is in fact not compliant. The report revealed that glue and resin used to bond the pressed wood together can be a significant source of formaldehyde gas.

“This flooring has been disbursed on a nationwide level, and consumers are worried for their safety and the impact this could have on the health of their family,” Berman added. “We believe that when consumers are forced to lie awake worrying about whether the floor their child crawls on is toxic, it’s clear that there’s been a significant and very blatant violation of consumer laws.”

Lumber Liquidators has reportedly failed to alert consumers about the allegedly high levels of formaldehyde in its laminate wood flooring.

If you purchased Lumber Liquidators “Dream Home” composite flooring, contact Hagens Berman to find out about your rights by emailing [email protected] or by calling 206-623-7292. Find out more about the class-action lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators.

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