Anybody who installed flooring from LL might be interested in this story......
OAKLAND, CA – A lawsuit filed against Lumber Liquidators says Chinese-made flooring sold by the company emits formaldehyde at levels far above permissible CARB levels, requiring cancer warning labels according to California law.
Federal agents raided Lumber Liquidators headquarters in Toano, VA, seeking evidence to corroborate allegations that the flooring retailer violated the Lacey Act in importing product illegally sourced from Siberian forests.
The lawsuit was filed by Global Community Monitor after independent lab results revealed the results of formaldehyde tests. The lawsuit accuses Lumber Liquidators of falsifying information. According to the lawsuit the company claims on its website “all of its flooring comes from mills certified as compliant with California’s standards for formaldehyde.”
In a response to the lawsuit, officials at Lumber Liquidators said the allegations raised are "flat out false."They said the products sold in their stores meet "the highest quality and environmental standards."
"Our product meets relevant environmental standards and undergoes rigorous, independent, third party testing. More specifically, our internal testing and that conducted by third parties concluded that product levels fell well below the Proposition 65 “safe harbor” limits," company officials said.
Company officials said Lumber Liquidators’ products are tested to be in compliance with California law and that the company is transparent about its "quality control and assurance processes."
According to Global Community Monitor's lawsuit, test results showed “average initial formaldehyde exposures over 100 times above the amount allowed to be sold without a warning label under Proposition 65, California’s main toxics law.” The lawsuit says none of the Lumber Liquidator samples that were tested had a warning label on the box, none of the stores where samples were purchased had a Proposition 65 warning, and no warnings were provided at the time of purchase over the internet.
Proposition 65 requires products containing chemicals that cause cancer to carry a warning label if the levels exceed the so-called “safe harbor” level. Formaldehyde, often used in the glue for laminate flooring and other pressed-wood products, can be released in gas form and cause medical problems, including cancer, the lawsuit says.
Global Community Monitor’s lawsuit is the latest issue to plague Lumber Liquidators. In December 2013 a class action lawsuit alleged the company inflated its earnings during a 21-month period by importing illegally sourced lumber in violation of the federal Lacey Act.
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