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Lumber Liquidators Sells Chinese Flooring Containing Excessive Levels of Formaldehyde

When 60 Minutes issues a report, litigation is sure to follow. See “Lawmakers want answers after CBS reports on Lumber Liquidators.” Just a few days ago, it reported on excessive levels of formaldehyde in Chinese flooring products that were allegedly being sold by Lumber Liquidators, one the nation’s largest vendors of flooring products. These products have been sold to homeowners, contractors, developers, business owners, and property owners.  Any person that purchased, sold, installed, removed, applied, used, worked, or lived around the flooring is thus a potential Plaintiff.   Their potential claims range from simple property damage and loss of use claims to complicated personal injury claims of respiratory distress, cancer, and death at high exposures. 

Yet, these risks are not new. In June of 2010, the EPA issued a draft report that found sufficient evidence of a causal relationship between formaldehyde exposure and cancers of the upper respiratory tract.  By June of 2011, the Twelfth Report on Carcinogens classified formaldehyde as a Known Human Carcinogen.  There have already been multiple lawsuits for formaldehyde in everything from FEMA Trailers to ladies underwear and hair care products, and from wood paneling to cigarettes. 

In point of fact, formaldehyde is ubiquitous.  It is a natural byproduct of combustion and is found in hundreds of consumer products.  The question is thus not whether an individual is exposed to formaldehyde, but whether the exposure was sufficient to cause disease.  Our attorneys have studied the relevant epidemiology and regulations, have written and presented speeches on formaldehyde litigation, and have managed toxic tort litigation for over 20 years.  If you or your clients are confronted by such claims, please contact our attorneys. 

About the author: Michael J. Crist is a partner with DLD Lawyers possessing extensive experience defending clients in matters involving toxic torts, including formaldehyde and asbestos.

March 7, 2015


Lumber Liquidators Sells Chinese Flooring Containing Excessive Levels of Formaldehyde


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