Floor and Decor Outlets of America sued over alleged excess formaldehyde in flooring

By Robbie Hargett | Dec 28, 2015

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – A flooring and decor company is being sued over claims its laminate wood flooring contains excess levels of formaldehyde.

Bridget Smith, Rene Tan, Victor Castaneda, Krisada Lueamrung, Damon Lovett and William Chalk, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class-action lawsuit Dec. 11 in the Atlanta Division of the Northern District of Georgia against Floor and Decor Outlets of America, alleging breach of express and implied warranties, fraudulent concealment, negligent misrepresentation, negligence, unjust enrichment, violations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and violations of California, Nevada, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas state laws.

Floor and Decor sells laminate wood flooring products, which use urea-formaldehyde resin to bond the wood particles in the laminate flooring core, the suit states.

The suit states that for at least the last four years, certain laminate wood flooring manufactured in China and sold by Floor and Decor has contained formaldehyde in excess of the levels allowed under California Air Resources Board regulations. The formaldehyde levels risk personal injuries to those exposed to it, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs and others in the class seek actual, compensatory, and punitive damages, plus interests, declaratory and equitable relief, attorney fees, and costs of the suit, together to exceed $5 million. The plaintiffs are represented by Kenneth S. Canfield of Doffermyre Shields Canfield & Knowles of Atlanta and by Daniel K. Bryson and Scott C. Harris of Whitfield Bryson & Mason of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Atlanta Division of the Northern District of Georgia Case number 1:15-CV-04316-ELR

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