Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A Montebello woman’s proposed class-action lawsuit alleges hardwood and laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators Inc. contains cancer-causing chemicals.

The case, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court by  alleges the company sells Chinese-made laminate flooring “to achieve lower costs and increased profits without regard to any of the serious health risks associated with higher formaldehyde emission levels.”

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

“Defendants were aware when the laminate flooring was first marketed, advertised and sold to plaintiff and the buying public … that the laminate wood flooring exceeded the appropriate levels of formaldehyde emissions and that (their) advertising was therefore false and misleading,” the suit states.

Lumber Liquidators representatives could not immediately be reached for comment. The company has disputed the network’s testing methods and said it complies with U.S. emissions regulations.

The lawsuit comes in the wake of a report last Sunday on  CBS’ “60 Minutes” that found high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde in the lumber company’s products. Out of 31 samples, CBS found only one was compliant with California formaldehyde emissions standards.

—City News Service

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