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WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) on June 12 transferred and centralized 10 lawsuits alleging that Chinese-made hardwood flooring products sold by Lumber Liquidators Inc. emits excessive levels of formaldehyde in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia before Judge Anthony J. Trenga (In re Lumber Liquidators Chinese-Manufactured Flooring Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2627, JPMDL).
(Transfer order available. Document #09-150706-002R.)
The panel pointed out in its order that Lumber Liquidators’ headquarters is in Toano, Va., and that the Eastern District of Virginia does not currently house many multidistrict litigation proceedings.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuits allege that Lumber Liquidators falsely represented that the Chinese-made flooring products satisfied the California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) standards governing the emissions of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. The plaintiffs seeking consolidation and centralization had filed class action suits in federal courts in California, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
Judge Sarah Vance, the JPMDL chair, noted in the transfer order that Judge Marjorie O. Rendell did not participate in the decision to transfer and centralize the cases. In addition, members of the panel that could be potential class members renounced their participation in the proposed classes.
In May 2015, Lumber Liquidators announced that it was halting sales of Chinese-made hardwood flooring.
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