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11 Jan 2018

Arjun Kharpal, CNBC

Samsung hit with lawsuit over misleading advertising related to alleged human rights violations

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Samsung is being sued in France for misleading advertising related to alleged workers' rights violations. The lawsuit was filed by two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Sherpa and ActionAid France, in a Paris court on Thursday...Sherpa and ActionAid France claim to have gathered evidence from a number of sources, including the NGO China Labor Watch, which they say infiltrated Samsung factories in China and South Korea to reveal human rights violations...Samsung is not accused of human rights violations, however, but of misleading advertising because published on its website are ethical commitments that guarantee workers' rights..."The gap between these ethical commitments and the reality in factories as described by the NGOs is unacceptable and should be sanctioned," Sherpa and ActionAid France said in a press release Thursday.