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More Evidence for Lumber Liquidators Lawsuits—Negligence

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Seattle, WAIt’s a difficult decision: You bought flooring from Lumber Liquidators and discovered it was made in China, which explains why your air test indicates it has high levels of formaldehyde. And you have toddlers crawling on the floor. Do you rip it out, dip into your savings and buy flooring from a reputable company, or do you join a Lumber Liquidators class-action lawsuit and wait for compensation?

A scathing 60 Minutes report in March 2015 revealed that Lumber Liquidators was working with Chinese mills that didn’t comply with the California Air Resources Board’s regulations on formaldehyde emissions, and shareholders filed a securities fraud suit against the company’s board. Three officers have since left, including the CEO and CFO and another was fired. This fast exit may work in shareholders’ favor and bolster a negligence claim.

John Coffee, a professor at Columbia Law School, said that “If they’re getting fired because they knew the company was importing noncompliant products - products that didn’t comply with California law - that would be a case in which you can say ‘Gee, that shows it was negligent’... The case against those fired officers would be somewhat stronger,” according to Law360.

Lumber Liquidators got caught when its record-high margins came under suspicion. They explained the profits were based on creative “sourcing initiatives,” when in fact they came from illegal wood harvesting in Russia, and they partnered with Chinese mills that made flooring products with dangerous levels of formaldehyde. The securities class action filed by the shareholders also claims that Lumber Liquidators and its executives “misled investors in financial reports and conference calls by attributing its increasing gross margins to improvements in its business partnerships.”

Sharon says she bought 1200 sq. ft. of laminate from Lumber Liquidators and her husband installed it. “There were particles and dust from this product - I want to call it formaldehyde flooring - all over our home for weeks,” she says. “I have two small children and a baby crawling all over these floors. I called Lumber Liquidators and they said that our flooring was from China and advised me to do the air test. We are so worried! Do we rip out our floors that cost thousands of dollars and have no floors until we can afford to do new flooring?”

Meanwhile, Sharon decided to file a Lumber Liquidators complaint with an attorney and is hopeful there will be some compensation forthcoming, at least to cover costs for a new floor.

There are currently more than 100 consumer class actions against Lumber Liquidators coordinated before U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia. The shareholder lawsuits are separate from the consumer class actions. Since the securities class action was filed in November 2013, Lumber Liquidators fell to less than $20 a share, from a peak of $119.

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We have tested our air with the home test kit and it came in at 3x over the safe level per the test notation(in 2 different rooms for 2 different installation of the same product-a year apart at least). LL then said "they needed to come out and get samples from the home-and they were pushing for the spare replacement pieces in the garage I had wrapped for repairs as needed)...They ended up taking it from one room only(response below). I was against them taking the spare pieces as that was all they wanted to test-and they did not even test the other run of the product from a year later with the same SKU in room 2-They also told us that "no one has had their floor replaced"-I just don't believe it.
This test wad done by someone they paid for an independent test-How independent can that be? Why would they do that if there wasn't something there to follow-up on?
Seems like a delay and diversion tactic...as we had to keep calling to find out about the follow up test...I think something is up and perhaps they are going to do something as a company to cover it up of file for some type of protection). It was then reported(by some slick spokesperson) that the test was now "fine" but Mgmnt had to review it"...seems like another stall (and no written report?)-They are clearly trying to manage the results and the customers-I want to lawyer up-I want the flooring out...
My sense it that unless they make the news or get the proper "emotionally corrective expericence" by a Lawyer with the necessary gravitas which I am now compiling documentation for....I will get the runaround.

How did it go from totally unsafe from 2 rooms of testing to now "safe"? I am questioning their testing method and how they measure it-from our rudimentary air test(which showed very unsafe in 2 rooms to the lab test and it goes down? I think not!- Otherwise our rooms are all dangerous to our health w/out the floors(if they are saying the floors are safe but the tests are reporting unsafe levels in both rooms).
If any attorney wants to join forces with me to bring them to a place of accountability in Washington state then please e-mail me...I really just want my floors out and replaced and my day in court if needed...
Im considering small claims...bring the fight right to them-now its personal. I need some advisement here-I'm up for a fight with these people-As they have ripped us off and are treating us like fools hoping we go away-Ethics!
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I'm not sure that our problems were caused solely by the flooring products, but it all happened eerily very soon after we installed LL flooring. I purchased the flooring on12/18/12. This was near the beginning of the time of manufacturing in question. I fear that this might have been the worse time. My wife was 2 months pregnant at the time I purchased the flooring. I used it in remodeling my 5 yr olds bedroom. A month after I installed the flooring my wife's water broke around 14 weeks. There was no explanation why. We tried everything to take care of her, but at week 27 they had to do an emergency C-section and my daughter died due to undeveloped lungs. Don't know if this played a part, but now I'm curious. Closely after installing this flooring my daughter started to have asthma like symptoms, which she never had before. Living in south Texas we thought this was just allergies, so we would take her to the doctor and get her medicine. She was put on an inhaler. This lasted on and off for almost 2 years. She is fine now. A year after losing our premature born child, we were pregnant again. We lost our son at 19 weeks, unexplainably. He was healthy and his heart just stopped. We had every test ran and every doctor we talked to said they could not find any reason why this should have happened. I just found out about this because I was going to do flooring in another room for a nursery because my wife is pregnant again. I went looking to see if I could get matching flooring when I found out all of this information. I will not be buying from Lumber Liquidators ever again, and now I will completely stay away from laminate. This could all be a coincidence, but it is very scary when I think of how everything happened. I do not want to loose 3 children. I am in the process of removing all my old flooring.

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I find it ironic that people love "that new car smell" when they buy a new car. What do you think makes up that new car smell? The chemicals and formaldehyde that is embedded in the plastics and the interior. The problem with LL is that they got caught using a shoddy Chinese manufacturer (not that there are many of these), and got slammed by 60 minutes. If we are really serious about the repercussions of this laminate flooring, then every retailer (Lowe's and Home Depot) should be investigated. Formaldehyde can be found in so many household materials - especially your drywall and your carpet! If you are concerned about the flooring material then don't buy the fake stuff and stick to the real woods. If you have the laminate in your house, then get the test kits and test your rooms. As a test, use the same test kit on your car during a hot summer day when the sun is pulling all those chemicals out of that new upholstery!

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My husband and I had just gone to LL and had our floors measured. We got a quote and were ready to have it installed when this floats to surface. We stopped our plans for the flooring. The regional manager called us and spoke with my husband, and of course my husband told him that we are leary about installing their floor with so many problems going on. The gentleman assured to my husband that their flooring is not from China anymore and that we sure rest assured that it is safe!
We don't know about that. We are still concerned with so many issues being caused by the negligence of these CEO's who are millionaires at the expense of the consumers who are suffering.

Should we trust that all the problems have been resolved?

Grace Vega

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I purchased my flooring from this company 10/30/2015. My floors are on the list of bad products. How can they still sell this stuff? Shouldn't it been pulled off the market so people like me who were not aware of the problems don't buy it? I am never sick, since this floor had been installed (thanksgiving 2015) I have been having respiratory issues. It could be a coincidence but now I wonder.

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we bought Black Hills Hickory Manifactured 6-02-14 and installed 1600sq.feet in Aug.-2016 .
My husband and I have sinus problems since and doctoring. Our overnight visitors have gottten sick.

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The lying beasts have a help line for people who want to purchase floors but no help for people that have not even received the test kit. Our government is letting them get away with this. Anyone who buys a floor from them should get a piece of formaldehyde wood stuck down their throats.

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So I bought tiger bamboo from lumber liquidators is this flooring apart of this list because me and my husband both have been sick and I would like to know for both of our health sake

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The psychopathic coward/CEO Robert Lynch and the rest of the liars at Lumber Liquidators should be liquidated, with formaldehyde-soaked piano wire.

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Carb and the EPA will not back up the deconstructive method shown on the 60 minutes magic TV Show

Both agency said that "The deconstructive method is not conclusive of non-compliance" Currently both agencies said that they are amending the laminate flooring section in a way that allows them to test without using the deconstructive method. The whole industry knows that the deconstructive method is so imperfect. The regulatory agency in CA that is in charge of enforcing CARB compliance) is very active. 5 or so enforcement actions per month, and they have yet to bring an enforcement action under CARB at all--not one. These are the facts directly from the horses mouth. Is this getting any press release, not at all. It a embarrassment to these agency that their test method were not accurate. However with all product sold everywhere there always that chance that the manufacture can over mixed a chemical allowing a lot to be shipped out to the retailer without anyone knowing. Reason being that the testing is done in samples. Any kind of lawsuit against LL especially with this conclusion will be very hard if not impossible to win.. If there is a real concern for the customer health LL said they would do further investigation and make it right for the customer. No problem

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wow...

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