On March 1, 2015, “60 Minutes” aired a news piece about allegations that Lumber Liquidators advertised and sold laminate wood flooring that consumers were told was compliant with California formaldehyde emission limits when really it exceeded those limits.
NAHB has assembled a collection of information and currently existing resources to help builders and remodelers become knowledgeable about the claims made in the 60 Minutes story and in subsequent developments.
See this Fact Sheet for additional details, or read this Q&A for Builders to get answers to commonly asked queries.
On March 4 Sen. Bill Nelson (R-Florida) sent a letter to the heads of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Trade Commission in which he called for independent testing of the laminate flooring to see if it potentially poses a health risk to the public.
- Global Community Monitor et al. v. Lumber Liquidators, (Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Alameda, Case No: RG14733979, filed July 23, 2014)
- Balero et al. v. Lumber Liquidators, (Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Alameda, Case No: RG14751116, filed January 12, 2015)
- Badias v. Lumber Liquidators, Inc., et al., (United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division, Case No: 1:15-cv-20876-RNS, filed March 3, 2015)
- Bray v. Lumber Liquidators, Inc., (United States District Court District of Massachusetts, Case No:1:15-cv-10724-GAO, filed March 9, 2015)
- Transfer Order. On June 12, 2015, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decided to centralize or consolidate 10 actions currently pending against Lumber Liquidators in the Eastern District of Virginia.