Products Allegedly Exceed Acceptable Levels of Cancer-Causing Chemical
Lumber Liquidators, according to the report, has revenues of more than $1 billion a year and includes more than 360 stores in 46 states. Reports allege that many laminate flooring products sold by the company do not meet safety and health standards due to high amounts of formaldehyde, a chemical that is known to cause cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, regular exposure to high levels of formaldehyde can lead to nasopharyngeal cancer as well as myeloid leukemia.
Hundreds of thousands of American homes may contain Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring, according to the report. Samples of Lumber Liquidator’s flooring were compared to those sold by Lowe’s and Home Depot and tested by a California non-profit group. While their competitors’ samples showed acceptable levels of formaldehyde, almost all of the samples of Lumber Liquidators’ flooring had levels of the chemical that exceeded California’s standards for emissions. Most samples had emissions that were six to seven times higher than the acceptable level, and some were nearly 20 times higher.
The 60 Minutes team then tested 31 boxes of flooring bought from stores in Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas and Virginia. Only one of the samples was compliant with formaldehyde emissions standards.
The team then sent investigators to a mill in China, where Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring is manufactured. Employees told 60 Minutes that they not only used boards with high levels of formaldehyde, but that they also sometimes applied false labels to the product claiming it met both California and U.S. emissions standards.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Lumber Liquidators. Customers from all 50 states who purchased laminate flooring that contains toxic levels of formaldehyde may be eligible to join the suit.
“The 60 Minutes report raises concerns about one of the most irresponsible corporate actions we have encountered, and Lumber Liquidators must be held accountable for putting so many of its customers at risk,” said Roland Tellis, shareholder at Baron and Budd.
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