Four New Yorkers have filed a class action lawsuit has been filed against Lumber Liquidators over formaldehyde allegedly contained in the company’s Chinese-made Laminate flooring.
Class Action Formaldehyde Lawsuit
The new class action lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Federal Court, said Lumber Liquidators failed to warn its customers about formaldehyde contained in its flooring glue, and lied that it was compliant with California emissions standards.
One plaintiff, Paul Said, paid $3,000 to have 1,000 square feet of Lumber Liquidators’ “Dream Home 8mm Nirvana French Oak” laminate flooring installed in his Upper West Side home. While he was installing it, Said had an asthma attack and was hospitalized for a day, despite having no history of asthma, according to the lawsuit.
“He needs to use asthma medications and an inhaler whenever he is inside his home,” the suit said. “His medical doctor told him that dust from the flooring installation is causing the asthma.”
The new class action comes the same week the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) kicked off an investigation into the formaldehyde content in Lumber Liquidators’ flooring.
In addition to Said, other plaintiffs in the lawsuit include a Bayonne, NJ resident and Frank Graham of North Richland Hills, Texas.
Graham’s wife Melanie began experiencing respiratory problems after 350 square feet of Lumber Liquidators’ “Kensington Manor” flooring was installed in the couple’s bedroom last December, according to the suit.
Graham learned of the problems with Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese floors after a March 1 “60 Minutes” report revealed that just one in 31 samples of the company’s laminate flooring was compliant with California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions standards. While some formaldehyde content in laminate flooring is legal, investigators found that some samples emitted as much as 13 times the legal limit of the toxic gas.