A lawsuit has been filed against Lumber Liquidators in California federal court accusing the company of hiring unaccredited laboratories to prove that its Chinese-made laminate flooring does not contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde.
What’s the Problem?
The class action, which was filed April 17 in California Central District Court, alleges that Lumber Liquidators employed laboratories that did not have proper credentials to test their flooring for formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance).
After a “60 Minutes” report aired on CBS News on March 1, Lumber Liquidators, one of the largest flooring retailers in the U.S., has maintained that its Chinese floors do not contain dangerous levels of formaldehyde. The report accused the company of selling products that far exceeded safety standards set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the only agency that has set limits for formaldehyde content in wood products.
Lumber Liquidators has offered free indoor air testing kits to consumers who purchased their flooring. However, from the start, the tests were problematic: indoor air quality kits can measure overall levels of certain substances, but cannot usually determine their source.
The complaint was filed on behalf of Craig Lyznick, Shari Collins and Patricia Cottington, California residents who requested test kits after purchasing laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators. The complaint alleges that Pure Air Control Services, the parent company of the labs named in the class action, is not accredited to test for formaldehyde. The suit is: United States District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:15-cv-2817.