Industrial Hygiene Expert Witness On Lumber Liquidators Violations

fg_000015020806Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty today for violations of the Lacey Act and will pay $10M in fines and penalties. The DOJ investigation found that Lumber Liquidators smuggled illegal wood from the Russian Far East. The company was found guilty of the felony for entry of goods by means of false statements and four misdemeanor counts of violating the Lacey Act. Lumber Liquidators has been placed on a 5 year probationary period to implement an environmental compliance plan.

Lumber Liquidators is also charged in a class action suit over high levels of formaldehyde in their laminate flooring. In Lila Washington et al v. Lumber Liquidators, the declaration of industrial hygiene expert witness Elisabeth Black stated that laboratories found formaldehyde levels up to thirteen times higher than the allowable limit in the company’s laminate flooring. Industrial hygiene expert witnesses may consult on air sampling, biohazards, health risk analysis, toxicology, and related matters.

On February 1, 2016, the Environmental Investigation Agency reported:

Today, Virginia-based company Lumber Liquidators was sentenced to $13.2 million in fines and forfeitures for importing illegal wood and submitting false declarations under the Lacey Act, a conservation law that makes it a crime to import plants and animals taken in violation of state and foreign law. In addition, the company has been placed on a five year probation, during which it must implement a strict environmental compliance plan.

In October 2015, after a two-year investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the flooring retailer pleaded guilty to smuggling illegal wood, including one criminal felony of entry of goods by means of false statements and four misdemeanor counts of violating the Lacey Act.

Lumber Liquidators had imported flooring manufactured in China, made from wood that was illegally harvested in the forests of the Russian Far East, the habitat of the world’s last remaining wild Siberian tigers.

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