Lumber Liquidators class-action lawsuit filed in Miami

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson calls for investigation of laminate flooring made in China

MIAMI - A U.S. senator is requesting that regulators investigate Lumber Liquidators after a report that said the company's laminate flooring made in China may not meet California's health and safety standards.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., sent a letter Wednesday to the heads of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Trade Commission.

Nelson is calling for independent testing of the laminate flooring to see if it potentially poses a health risk to the public.

"60 Minutes" reported Sunday that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen. Lumber Liquidators has said that its products comply with applicable regulations.

Meanwhile, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Lumber Liquidators in Miami federal court.

The lead complainant is Joaquin F. Badias, who purchased about 500 square feet of laminate flooring from a Lumber Liquidators outlet on Southwest 133rd Street in Miami-Dade County.

"Who knows how many thousands of homes in Florida and the nation have such a dangerous level of toxins in their floors?" Miami attorney Ronald Weil, who filed the lawsuit, said in a statement.

Lumber Liquidators, based in Toano, Virginia, did not have an immediate comment on the lawsuit or Nelson's action.

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