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18 February 2014

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

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The island of Saipan is in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI). Beginning in the 1980s, many clothing manufacturers had their garments made in Saipan because such items could be labelled “Made in the USA” and subsequently...

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11 July 2013

Case profile: U.S. apparel cos. lawsuit (re Saipan)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre case profile for lawsuits against American retail apparel companies and Saipan-based garment factories over allegations of unlawful conspiracies regarding involuntary servitude and criminal peonage.]

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Article
25 May 2011

Victory! Gymboree Bans Use of Uzbek Cotton

Author: Amanda Kloer, Change.org

Children's clothing manufacturer Gymboree is the latest company to take a stand against child labor by refusing to buy cotton from Uzbekistan...This victory is part of an ongoing series of campaigns asking international clothing brands to stop buying...

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Article
28 June 2005

San Francisco: Newsom backs sweatshop labor ban - Ordinance is part of plan to stop abuse of workers

Author: Robert Collier, San Francisco Chronicle

Jumping into one of the toughest moral dilemmas of the international economy, [San Francisco] Mayor Gavin Newsom announced his support Monday for a campaign to eliminate worldwide sweatshop labor abuse. Newsom teamed up with Supervisor Tom Ammiano and...

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Article
8 January 2004

Saipan Sweatshop Lawsuit Ends with Important Gains for Workers and Lessons for Activists

Author: Nikki F. Bas, Sweatshop Watch; Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange; Joannie C. Chang, Asian Law Caucus

This month, the last of three lawsuits over sweatshop conditions on the U.S. island of Saipan came to a close...While the settlement is viewed as a significant victory, several challenges emerged, which lend valuable lessons for future anti-sweatshop...

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20 March 2003

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

The island of Saipan is in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI). Beginning in the 1980s, many clothing manufacturers had their garments made in Saipan because such items could be labelled “Made in the USA” and subsequently...

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26 September 2002

7 more U.S. retailers settle lawsuit alleging violations of workers' rights in Saipan garment factories

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15 May 2002

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)

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