Lumber Liquidators Raided by Feds

Lumber Liquidators is in the news again after having their Headquarters raided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Fish and Wildlife Service related to importation of wood-flooring products.

We published an article previously about Engineered Hardwood from Lumber Liquidators making people sick due to off gassing of formaldehyde.

With this recent news, Lumber Liquidators stock fell as far as 13% according to Bloomberg.

No arrests were made and the search warrants remain sealed, said Brandon Montgomery, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security. He said the search involved special agents from the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice.

A statement by Lumber Liquidators.

Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL), the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, today commented on actions taken by Federal authorities, which relate to the importation of certain of the Company’s wood flooring products. Yesterday, sealed search warrants were executed at the Company’s corporate offices in Toano and Richmond, Virginia by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The Company takes its sourcing and compliance very seriously, and is cooperating with authorities to provide them with requested information.

Lumber Liquidators sources its products directly from approximately 110 domestic and international mills around the world.  As a result of the normal course of business, the Company is subject to a range of international and domestic regulations.  Due to the scale of its international and domestic operations, Lumber Liquidators has policies and procedures in place for the sourcing, harvesting and manufacturing of its products designed to comply with federal and other regulations related to the importation of wood flooring products.  The Company has more than 60 professionals around the world who perform and monitor those processes.  Quality is a key component of Lumber Liquidators’ value proposition, and through its commitment to continuous improvement, the Company invests significant resources for quality control and assurance.