A class action lawsuit has been filed against Lumber Liquidators in Nevada District Court over the company’s Chinese-made laminate flooring. A CBS 60 Minutes Investigation revealed these types of floors contained illegal levels of formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance).
What’s the Problem?
A Las Vegas family fell mysteriously ill after installing laminate wood floors purchased from Lumber Liquidators in April 2015. Within days of starting the do-it-yourself project, Noah Bennett and his wife, Rosonna, had to stop. They, along with their adult son and 2 dogs, had become sick for no apparent reason.
But after watching the “60 Minutes” exposé on March 1, the family believes their illnesses may have been caused by excessive levels of formaldehyde contained in the flooring.
“As a consumer you try and go out and purchase stuff for your home to make it beautiful, and you find out in the long run, that it could possibly be bad for you,” said Mr. Bennett. “A couple of days later, Rosonna got sick. She had bronchitis and stuff and then a couple days later I got sick with the same kind of stuff, and it was really just sitting in the house.”
Worried, Bennett moved his family into an RV behind their house and hired an environmental engineering company to test their flooring, which registered well above CARB 2 compliance limits for formaldehyde content. Armed with the test results, Bennett filed a federal class action lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators accusing the company of fraud and deceptive trade practices, among other issues.
Las Vegas Family Suspects Illness from Lumber Liquidators Flooring: CBS News Video
Health Effects of Formaldehyde Exposure
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), prolonged exposure to formaldehyde can cause “watery eyes; burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing; wheezing; nausea; and skin irritation,” “upper respiratory tract irritation (that) can potentially exacerbate asthma symptoms and other respiratory illnesses,” “chronic runny nose, chronic bronchitis, and obstructive lung disease,” and is a “known human carcinogen” associated with “several cancers, including nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia.”