15 Oct '15, 9pm

Green News: Lumber Liquidators Will Pay Millions in Fines

Lumber Liquidators has agreed to pay a total of $10 million to settle claims by the U.S. Department of Justice of importing illegally harvested timber, and another $3.2 million in a civil forfeiture to resolve similar compliance concerns with some of its engineered flooring. The plea agreement, which still needs court approval, was announced on October 7. Under its terms, the retailer agrees to plead guilty to a felony charge of entry of goods by means of false statements and four misdemeanor violations of the Lacey Act, a conservation law designed to protect plants and wildlife that are harvested illegally. The announcement is unrelated to investigations into allegations that the company sold laminate flooring that contained dangerously high levels of formaldehyde to thousands of homeowners. Those claims were made in a March broadcast of 60 Minutes and are still under inv...

Full article: http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/green-buil...

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