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Lumber Liquidators Facing Class Action Lawsuit for High Formaldehyde Levels in its Laminate Flooring


Investigations have found that Lumber Liquidators’ Laminate Flooring products contain dangerous levels of formaldehyde. The investigations examined 150 boxes of the bamboo flooring and in all tests, the flooring failed to meet formaldehyde emission standards set by California state law. In fact, some of the flooring tested nearly twenty times over the allowable formaldehyde level. This made the flooring illegal to sell in California, yet soon after the findings were published, Lumber Liquidators put the flooring on clearance.

laminate flooring lawsuitsThe high levels of formaldehyde have led to diminished property value and excessive costs associated with repairing or replacing the flooring. Because of this, lawyers are investigating the legal rights of consumers who purchased several different types of laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators.

These defects have caused plaintiffs and other consumers to incur excessive expenses and other damages due to the faulty product. Even though the product has been proven to be defective, Lumber Liquidators has defended its quality, questioned the methodology used by investigators and reassured consumers that it complies with formaldehyde standards.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and can be dangerous in high levels.

Lumber Liquidator Lawsuits

Simmons Hanly Conroy is currently investigating claims that Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring has become defective due to high levels of formaldehyde. In addition, the company may have falsely marketed the flooring to consumers.

If you or someone you know installed laminate flooring manufactured by Lumber Liquidators, click here to learn more about filing a lumber liquidator lawsuit.

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How Much Does it Cost to File an Asbestos Lawsuit?


Nothing.

With Simmons Hanly Conroy, it won’t cost you anything to file an asbestos lawsuit. We front every case. What does this mean for you? By pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit with our firm, you incur zero financial risk.

Our experienced legal staff will investigate your claim, which includes researching your asbestos exposure history, at no cost to you or your family.

Should one of our lawyers decide to represent you or file a case, there will still be no cost to you or your family. We operate on a contingency fee, meaning our lawyers only collect a fee if and when you collect a settlement or verdict from your asbestos lawsuit.

You deserve to hold those who are responsible for your asbestos exposure accountable. Even after the connection between serious respiratory diseases, like mesothelioma, and asbestos exposure became definitive in the 1930s, companies continued to use asbestos. Let us help you hold those who are responsible for your pain, and your family’s pain, accountable through an asbestos lawsuit. Should you decided to pursue a mesothelioma lawsuit, recovery from a mesothelioma settlement can help you pay for critical treatments. It can also help to alleviate worries that medical costs might drain your family budget and send your family into debt.

Our mesothelioma lawyers represent clients nationwide, and they will come to you. Our lawyers have represented individuals and families affected by mesothelioma and helped them file mesothelioma lawsuits across the country. Please contact us about filing an asbestos lawsuit.

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Shareholder Jayne Conroy Plays Major Role on Corn Litigation Plaintiff's Executive Committee


Earlier this year, my colleague, shareholder Jayne Conroy was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC) for the pending multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Syngenta Seeds Inc. concerning its genetically modified corn. Farmers and farm businesses are actively filing lawsuits against Syngenta, with more than 360 filed in 20 states, so far.

JConroy_WebJayne is playing a major role on the corn litigation Plaintiff’s Executive Committee, as additional cases are being transferred into the consolidated federal docket in Kansas City. As Jayne said in an Associated Press article, more lawsuits may be filed as the federal judge continues to organize the cases.

“They are still filing all the time,” said Conroy in the article, which was picked up by multiple newspapers, including the New York Times. “I have many clients that are not filed yet. We are gathering the data.”

In regards to how long farmers and farm businesses have to file lawsuits against Syngenta, there is still time.

“There’s no deadline at this point,” she said.

Lawsuits are being filed for loss of profits and a depressed corn market due to the rejection of Syngenta’s Viptera MIR 162 corn trait, which lasted for four years. In late 2014, China finally approved the corn trait for import, which is good news for American farmers for multiple reasons. This change in approval could help the market to recover – but it also could help U.S. farmers and exporters reach settlements with the company for damaging the U.S. corn market.

Jayne has served in leadership positions of more than a dozen multidistrict litigations. Since 2006, she is credited with orchestrating the settlements of thousands of cases for a total recovery for the firm’s clients of more than $500 million. Conroy also has represented several thousand victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy in a multidistrict action against the financial sponsors of terrorism.

Learn more about filing a GMO corn lawsuit.

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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Mesothelioma Lawyer


When searching for a mesothelioma law firm to hire, it is important to ask the right questions. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent nonprofit dedicated to improving public health by preventing asbestos-related diseases and protecting the rights of asbestos victims, compiled a list of the top 10 questions to ask when hiring a mesothelioma lawyer.

Mesothelioma lawsuits can help families cover medical expenses and hold companies accountable for their negligence. Working with the right law firm for your situation can ensure a smooth and positive experience. Read the following questions from ADAO before meeting with a mesothelioma attorney to ensure you’re hiring the best lawyer for you.

  1. How many mesothelioma cases do you take each year?
  2. How long have you been trying mesothelioma cases?
  3. If my case goes to trial, will you be representing me in court?
  4. Have you tried a case to jury verdict recently, and if so, what was the result?
  5. How many of your mesothelioma cases were settled, and how many went to trial?
  6. How many of your verdicts withstood appeal?
  7. Does your firm list jury verdicts? If so, where?
  8. What is your average time to resolution in mesothelioma cases?
  9. What are my expected costs of pursuing the litigation?
  10. Does your firm donate to increase awareness and fund research?

These questions are important to ask during an initial consultation because they provide a clear picture of a firm and its background. Additionally, a reputable mesothelioma law firm will be able to provide straight forward answers to these questions. If the law firm you’re considering cannot answer them, you may want to keep looking. Hiring a mesothelioma law firm can be a daunting process. Using these questions will help you choose the best mesothelioma attorney for your specific situation.

It is natural to have many questions and concerns when pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit. This is a complex area of the law. Simmons Hanly Conroy is committed to helping mesothelioma patients obtain the right legal help—no matter what firm they hire. Contact a mesothelioma lawyer today to discuss these questions and get started on your initial consultation.

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Simmons Hanly Conroy Investigates Legal Rights of Car Owners Impacted by GM Recall


Illinois and Missouri residents who have owned or leased one of the vehicles related to the recall of General Motor cars with ignition problems may be able to hold the automaker accountable for their defective vehicles. The Firm is currently investigating the legal rights of consumers who have been impacted by the GM recall.

In February and March, GM issued three recalls, the most recent on March 28, for a combined 2.6 million vehicles with possible ignition switch defects. Specifically, the faulty ignition switches slipped from the “run” to “accessory” position while the vehicle was in motion. This would cause the engine to stall, lose power and disable the brakes, power steering and airbags. A study commissioned by The Center for Auto Safety reviewed data compiled from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration accident reports and linked more than 300 deaths to failed airbags in two of the recalled models.

In 2006, a 2005 Chevy Cobalt’s ignition switch slipped into accessory position and killed two teenage girls. Investigators discovered the car had shut off within five seconds before the crash, which caused the steering wheel to lock up, shut off the electrical power and disabled the airbags. The 2005 Chevy Cobalt hit a raised driveway and flow 40 feet in the air before hitting a telephone pole and two trees.

GM acknowledges it has linked the ignition switch defect to 13 deaths and 34 crashes in the Chevy Cobalt and the Saturn Ions. Additionally, GM customers are claiming their vehicles lost significant value because of the ignition problems.

Media reports assert that General Motors knew about the faulty ignitions since 2001. The automaker proposed and developed a solution by 2004, however GM decided against implementing the fix by 2005. The company continued to put the vehicles on the market with faulty ignition switches. Those vehicles included:

  • Chevrolet Cobalt, 2005-2010
  • Pontiac G5, 2007 – 2010
  • Saturn Ions, 2003-2007
  • Chevrolet HHRs, 2006-2011
  • Pontiac Solstice, 2006-2010
  • Saturn Sky, 2007 – 2010

Even though there have been numerous investigations, the question still remains among consumers – why did GM take so long to address such a serious problem?

Class action lawsuits have been filed to help individuals who own a recalled vehicle. The Simmons Hanly Conroy is currently investigating the legal rights of owners of the vehicles listed above. If you or someone you know owned a vehicle recalled by GM, learn more about filing a GM recall lawsuit or contact us today.

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