Lowe’s, Armstrong Sued Over Flooring Formaldehyde Levels

Law360, Los Angeles (May 9, 2016, 6:11 PM EDT) -- Home improvement retailer Lowe’s Cos. Inc. and floor manufacturer Armstrong World Industries Inc. were accused of selling laminate flooring with dangerous levels of formaldehyde, in a proposed class action lawsuit filed on Friday in Florida federal court.

The complaint is led by a Florida couple that says the Armstrong flooring they purchased from Lowe’s contains formaldehyde levels that “far exceed” the maximums allowed by the California Air Resources Board, which categorizes the chemical as a cancer-causing agent. The plaintiffs allege fraudulent concealment and negligent mismanagement, among other claims of trade practice violations.

“Armstrong and Lowe’s acted fraudulently, willfully and knowingly, and...

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