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4 Jul 2019


France: Samsung indicted for misleading advertising amidst alleged human rights violations

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"Landmark indictment of Samsung France for misleading advertising", 3 July 2019

...After an epic judicial procedure initiated in France by Sherpa and ActionAid more than six years ago, Samsung Electronics France SAS has been indicted for misleading advertising...

...many NGOs have...highlighted violations such as the employment of children...abusive working hours, working conditions and accommodation incompatible with human dignity and endangering workers’ lives.

This indictment comes after a new complaint was filed by Sherpa and ActionAid France on June 25, 2018 against Samsung France and the parent company in South Korea...Samsung...must now report on its commitments to the courts....

...Sandra Cossart, director at Sherpa...“Companies that benefit from their proclaimed virtuous image must no longer be able to violate their own commitments without facing legal consequences...It is now urgent to globally regulate the activities of multinationals by ensuring the adoption of the International Treaty, and to put in application the historic law on the duty of vigilance adopted in France in 2017.”...

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France: Samsung Electronics indicted for misleading advertising re. alleged labour abuses & child labour in China, S. Korea & Vietnam

Samsung lawsuit (re misleading advertising & labour rights abuses)