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Lumber Liquidators formaldehyde claims investigated

BY Dan Berthiaume

Toano, Va. – Boston-based class action law firm Block & Leviton said it is investigating claims that Lumber Liquidators Holdings sold floors to consumers with illegal levels of formaldehyde. Independent testing conducted at two different IAS-certified laboratories has reportedly revealed formaldehyde levels as high 0.17 ppm, three-and-a-half times the government mandated maximum emission level, in Mayflower flooring.

The investigation seeks to determine if Lumber Liquidators sold products to consumers in violation of federal and state laws. Consumers who purchased Mayflower brand flooring or other Chinese-sourced flooring products at Lumber Liquidators can contact the firm.

Lumber Liquidators has not publicly commented on these claims or on Brock & Leviton’s investigation.

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Gallup poll: Americans don’t want soft drink size limits

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. – A sizable majority of American consumers oppose efforts by the government to impose limits on the size of soft drinks and other sugary beverages sold in restaurants, according to results of a new Gallup poll. Sixty-nine percent of 1,015 consumers ages 18 and older said they would vote against a law limiting the size of sugary beverages to 16 oz.

Opposition was consistent across all demographic subgroups, including Democrats, Republicans, non-Hispanic whites, non-whites and all household income levels. However, Democrats, liberals, non-whites and consumers with annual household income of less than $24,000 a year were most likely to support government-imposed size limits on sugary beverages.

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Stein Mart names Stein permanent CEO

BY Dan Berthiaume

Jacksonville, Fla. – Stein Mart has named Jay Stein, its interim CEO since September 2011, as permanent CEO. Stein has been chairman of Stein Mart’s board of directors since 1989 and will remain in that position. He also served as CEO from 1990 to 2001.

"It has been my pleasure to return and lead Stein Mart after nearly two years as interim CEO,” Stein said. “Working side-by-side with our wonderful leadership team, we are now enjoying these great results. This is an important time in our company’s history, and I am very happy to be part of this great organization."

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