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16 Mai 2002

Nancy Cleeland, The Age [Australia] / Los Angeles Times

U.S. clothing giants suffer blow from Saipan case rulings

A group of United States retailers, including Gap, J. C. Penney and Target, suffered a setback this week when a federal judge ruled that thousands of garment workers on the Pacific island of Saipan could sue the companies and their contracted factories as a class. The group also failed to block a US$ 8.7 million settlement by 19 other retailers, including Tommy Hilfiger and Liz Claiborne, which sets a strict code of conduct and opens up factories on the island to independent monitoring.

Part of the following timelines

U.S. court rules Saipan garment workers can sue U.S. retailers as a class over sweatshop issues (Gap, J.C. Penney, Target, Lane Bryant, the Limited, Abercrombie & Fitch, Talbots, Levi Strauss)

U.S. apparel cos. lawsuit (re Saipan)