Lumber Liquidators has agreed to pay $36 million to settle multidistrict litigation involving allegations that some of its Chinese-made laminate flooring contained excessive levels of formaldehyde and that its flooring was not as durable as the company promised.
If you purchased Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators between Jan. 1, 2009 and May 31, 2015, you may be entitled to benefits from the laminate flooring class action settlement.
The proposed Lumber Liquidators settlement will resolve two lawsuits, one of which alleged the Chinese-manufactured laminate flooring contained excessive formaldehyde levels and the other alleging the flooring failed to meet the industry standards for durability and scratch-resistance.
The plaintiffs claim that Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators contained a dangerously high level of formaldehyde that made it unsuitable for use in a residence. They also claim that the flooring failed to properly adhere to the surface to which it was applied, causing it to buckle.
Lumber Liquidators was hit with more than 100 lawsuits following a March 2015 broadcast of “60 Minutes” that revealed Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators allegedly contained six to seven times the amount of formaldehyde allowed under U.S. law.
Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, and exposure to the substance can cause headaches, nausea, and/or irritation of the eyes, nose and throat.
Lumber Liquidators denies the allegations but agreed to settle the laminate flooring class action lawsuit to avoid the expense and uncertainty of litigation.
The Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring settlement received preliminary approval in June 2018.
Class Members who would like to opt out of or object to the Lumber Liquidators settlement must do so no later than Sept. 4, 2018.
You may be a Class Member of the Lumber Liquidators settlement if you are a person in the United States who purchased Chinese-made laminate flooring (that was labeled “Made in China”) from Lumber Liquidators between Jan. 1, 2009 and May 31, 2015.
Formaldehyde Class: Includes Class Members who purchased Chinese-made laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2010.
Durability Class: Includes Class Members who purchased Chinese-made laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators from Jan. 1, 2011 through May 31, 2015.
Varies, depending on whether you are a member of the Formaldehyde Class or the Durability Class.
Members of the Formaldehyde Class may receive a payment of up to $50 (depending on how many claims are approved) and Members of the Durability Class will be entitled to a portion of their purchase price, either paid in cash or a Lumber Liquidators voucher.
Class Members who belong to both the Formaldehyde Class and the Durability Class may submit claims for both benefits. NOTE: Settlement awards will be allocated on a pro rata basis depending on the total number of approved claims and the type of claims submitted.
Proof of Purchase
Class Members must provide documentation showing they purchased Chinese-made laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators between Jan. 1, 2009 and May 31, 2015.
NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.
Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.
Claim Form Deadline
In re: Lumber Liquidators Chinese-Manufactured Laminate Flooring Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, Case No. 1:15-md-02627 (AJT/TRJ), and In re: Lumber Liquidators Chinese-Manufactured Laminate Flooring Durability Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, Case No. 1:16-md-02743 (AJT/TRJ), in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division
UPDATE: The Lumber Liquidators Flooring Class Action Settlement was granted final approval on October 9, 2018. Let Top Class Actions know when you receive a check in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.
UPDATE: On November 8, 2018, a notice of appeal was filed to the Lumber Liquidators Flooring Class Action Settlement Claims will not be paid until all appeals are exhausted. We appreciate your ongoing patience. Top Class Actions will continue to provide updates as we learn more.
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