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Giles Lenox Investigating Lumber Liquidators for Sales of Allegedly Hazardous Formaldehyde-Tainted Flooring
By Bryce A. Lenox on Thursday, March 26, 2015
CINCINNATI, OHIO - Giles Lenox is currently investigating allegations that Lumber Liquidators, Inc., a subsidiary of Lumber Liquidators, Holdings, Inc. (“Lumber Liquidators”) (NYSE:LL), sold laminate flooring that emits formaldehyde gas at levels that exceed safety levels set by the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”). This topic was also the subject of a recent “60 Minutes” news investigation.
Lumber Liquidators is a U.S. company, but obtains some of its laminate flooring from manufacturers in China, which it then sells in its stores and through its retail website. Certain tests have shown that some of the Lumber Liquidators laminate products that were produced in China can emit formaldehyde gas at up to three times the CARB limit.
Formaldehyde is sometimes found in the glues and resins used to hold the pressed wood together in laminate wood flooring. According to the National Cancer Institute, formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Formaldehyde can also cause burning eyes, nose and throat irritation, coughing, headaches, dizziness, joint pain and nausea. It has also been linked to the exacerbation of asthma in formaldehyde-sensitive individuals.
More than 100 million square feet of the Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring is installed in American homes every year. If you or someone you know purchased laminate wood flooring from Lumber Liquidators, you may have been exposed to formaldehyde, a toxic chemical known to cause cancer. If you are concerned about your recent purchase of Lumber Liquidators laminate wood flooring, please contact attorney Brian Giles or Bryce Lenox at 513.815.3853 or via email at