Stocks Fall for Lumber Liquidators Following ‘60 Minutes’ Report

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March 02, 2015

A report by 60 Minutes alleges that U.S. hardwood floor retailer Lumber Liquidators was installing Chinese-made laminate floors with higher-than-accepted levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen—even though the product bears a label indicating it's California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase 2 Compliant, meaning it meets the standards for formaldehyde emissions in wood flooring.
After the release of the report, the company's shares fell sharply.
Lumber Liquidators’ founder and chairman, Tom Sullivan, told 60 Minutes that the lab tests done for the program weren't valid and said that his company isn't required by law to test finished products, as the program did.

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