LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Construction defect law firm Robertson & Associates, LLP, filed a class action lawsuit today in federal court in California against Lumber Liquidators, Inc. (NYSE: LL) after results from an independent and accredited laboratory showed that its Chinese-made laminate flooring products have a much lower abrasion rating than advertised by Lumber Liquidators. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of seven California plaintiffs, alleges that Lumber Liquidators advertised that its Dream Home line of laminate flooring products have an Abrasion Class (AC) rating of "AC3." The Abrasion Class rating system ranges from a low of AC1 to a high of AC5. Under the rating system, laminate flooring with a rating of AC3 is rated for heavy residential and moderate commercial use. The AC ratings represent a laminate floor's durability and resistance to abrasion, impact, stains and the effect of furniture legs, castors and swelling along its edges. Flooring which has a higher AC rating is more expensive than flooring with a lower AC rating.
Despite the fact that Lumber Liquidators advertised that each of the plaintiffs' laminate flooring had an AC rating of AC3, the lawsuit alleges that testing by an accredited materials testing laboratory found that none of the plaintiffs' flooring met the AC3 rating. In fact, two models of laminate flooring tested didn’t even meet the lowest rating category of AC1. The other models tested all were rated by the lab as either AC1 or AC2. Plaintiffs allege they were cheated and sold inferior grades of laminate flooring compared to the higher durability flooring advertised by Lumber Liquidators.
Today's lawsuit is the first class action filed anywhere in the country to allege that Lumber Liquidators falsely advertised the Abrasion Class rating of its laminate flooring products.
Lumber Liquidators, which reportedly had estimated annual sales of $1.1 Billion in 2014, is one of the largest specialty retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in the United States, with over 340 stores in 46 states including 36 stores in California.
Alex Robertson, IV, Esq. has filed three other class action lawsuits against Lumber Liquidators on behalf of consumers in California and Nevada. In March, the firm filed lawsuits in both California and Nevada which allege that the same models of Chinese-made laminate flooring failed to meet the California Air Resources Board (CARB) formaldehyde regulations. A third class action filed in April alleges that Lumber Liquidators and the lab it hired to analyze formaldehyde home test kits violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO") by concealing the true concentrations of formaldehyde gas emissions from the company's laminate flooring. Today's case is the fourth class action filed by Robertson & Associates, LLP against Lumber Liquidators to date.
Consumers who purchased Chinese-made laminate flooring which was advertised as having an Abrasion Class rating of AC3 may contact Alex “Trey” Robertson, IV, senior partner at Robertson & Associates, LLP, at www.classactionlumberliquidators.com or by calling 818-851-3850.
About Robertson & Associates, LLP
Alex “Trey” Robertson, IV, Esq. is an experienced trial lawyer who holds an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer-review rating given only to those lawyers who demonstrate the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability. Alex also has been named a “Super Lawyer” for Southern California from 2011-2015. In 2014, he received “The Litigator Award” from the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, a distinction given to only 1% of all attorneys, based upon verified settlement and verdict amounts. Alex is admitted to practice in California, Nevada, Colorado and Texas. Robertson recently represented CityCenter Holdings, LLC, in the largest construction defect case in Nevada's history, where the claims asserted by the parties totaled $1 Billion.
As one of the country’s top litigators of toxic mold and construction defect cases, Alex has handled thousands of indoor air quality cases involving airborne toxins into his clients’ homes. Alex has handled numerous high profile toxic cases, including those for celebrities Ed McMahon, Erin Brockovich, Ted Nugent, Vin Scully (L.A. Dodgers announcer) and other celebrities, professional athletes and public figures. Many of his cases have been featured in local and national media, including CBS News “48 Hours” (twice), CBS News “The Early Show," "CBS This Morning" show, ABC News “Prime Time Live,” NBC News “Today Show,” New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, ABA Journal, Forbes Magazine and CNN’s “Lou Dobbs” show.
With over 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer, Mr. Robertson has recovered more than $300,000,000 for consumers in construction defect and consumer class action cases.