A Virginia woman is suing Lumber Li over allegations that the company falsely advertised its Chinese-made laminate flooring as being complaint with formaldehyde emissions standards.
What’s the Problem?
May 29, 2015 – Plaintiff Genevieve Baldwin alleges that Lumber Liquidators’ claims that its Chinese flooring complied with emissions standards are false, as the products have been found to emit formaldehyde levels in excess of legally permissible limits, and that the company also failed to disclose the toxic formaldehyde risk to consumers.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Lumber Liquidators sells more than 30 Chinese-made laminate wood flooring products that it advertises and warrants as being fully compliant with the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite-Wood Products Act.
Baldwin purchased Warm Springs Chestnut flooring from a Lumber Liquidators store in West Virginia, at which time the company falsely represented that the product was compliant with California Air Resource Board (CARB) formaldehyde emission standards, according to the lawsuit.
The plaintiff further claims that she relied on Lumber Liquidators’ misrepresentations/omissions regarding the flooring’s CARB compliance when deciding to buy it and, as a result, paid the company for a product that she would not have otherwise purchased.
According to the complaint, Lumber Liquidators:
- Breached expressed and implied warranties;
- Violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and
- Violated the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.
Baldwin is seeking class certification and compensatory and punitive damages against Lumber Liquidators. The lawsuit is: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia case number: 5:15-cv-00061.