March 27, 2015 — A federal class action lawsuit has been filed by four New Yorkers accusing Lumber Liquidators of selling Chinese-made laminate wood floors with dangerous levels of formaldehyde.
The New York Post reports that the lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court.
One plaintiff, Paul Said, had $3,000 worth of “Dream Home 8mm Nirvana French Oak” installed in his Upper West Side home.
During the installation, Mr. Said had an asthma attack and was hospitalized, despite never having symptoms of asthma before. He now must use asthma medications and an inhaler whenever he is inside his home.
Another plaintiff, Frank Graham, said his wife developed respiratory problems after 350 feet of “Kensington Manor” flooring was installed last year.
Their complaints are echoed in a growing number of lawsuits and class actions sparked by a 60 Minutes report earlier this month. Undercover investigators found that employees at Chinese mills openly reported mislabeling laminate flooring as compliant with California’s emissions standards for formaldehyde.
60 Minutes and several other independent investigators have found that the flooring emits much higher levels of formaldehyde than California law allows. Those conclusions were based on a “deconstructive” testing method, which involves ripping off the surface of a finished product and testing emissions from the core of the board.
Lumber Liquidators disputes the results, saying formaldehyde emissions from finished products are within California’s limits. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced its own investigation, but they will not be using deconstructive testing methods.