A Fairfax County, VA man is the latest to file a class action lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators over illegal levels of formaldehyde allegedly contained in the company’s laminate flooring. The class action seeks compensation for the plaintiff and anyone else adversely affected by formaldehyde in Lumber Liquidators floors.
Lumber Liquidators Customer Files Class Action Over Chinese Flooring
Plaintiff William Marmonti filed the class action lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators Inc. in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The complaint specifically mentions the “60 Minutes” report aired on CBS News on March 1.
As part of the investigation, CBS purchased 31 boxes of Chinese-made laminate flooring at Lumber Liquidators stores around the country and then sent them for testing. All but one of the boxes tested above California legal limits for formaldehyde content, which will become national standards later this year. Court documents cite the test results as evidence that Lumber Liquidators caused Marmonti and anyone else similarly situated to “suffer direct financial harm.”
Marmonti purchased the company’s 12mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Warm Springs Chestnut Laminate Flooring and installed it in his home in January 2015, according to the lawsuit. He seeks compensation for the cost and installation of the floors, court and attorneys’ fees, loss in home value, as well as all profits and other money Lumber Liquidators earned from their “deceptive, misleading and unlawful conduct.”
Seeking Alpha Report
In addition to using evidence from the “60 Minutes” segment, the new class action cites a 2013 report published on the investing website Seeking Alpha that found toxic levels of formaldehyde in Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring. That report has been referenced in at least 3 other lawsuits against the company, 2 of which have been dismissed.
Federal Investigation & Securities Lawsuit
A few months after the Seeking Alpha report was published, federal investigators raided Lumber Liquidators’ headquarters in Toano, VA and a store in Henrico County looking for evidence that the company purchased illegally sourced Russian wood from the habitat of an endangered tiger.
Three months later, a group of Lumber Liquidators shareholders filed a securities class action lawsuit alleging they lost money due to the Seeking Alpha report and subsequent investigation into illegally sourced wood. That suit is still pending, and a motion has been filed attempting to combine it with a complaint filed over pension funds for police officers and firefighters in Hallandale Beach, Florida.