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14 Jul 2012

Jonathan Rosenblum, Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch

University of Wisconsin Launches Historic Challenge to Adidas over Sweatshop Conditions for College-Branded Apparel

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents…filed a precedent-setting breach of contract claim against sportswear brand Adidas, after the company failed to comply with anti-sweatshop provisions requiring they provide certain benefits to workers who produce goods that bear the mark of the university. This is the first time a U.S. university has sought to enforce a global anti-sweatshop code of conduct in a U.S. court of law…Workers in an Indonesian factory have been seeking more than $3 million…since a contractor working for several U.S. brands abruptly shut down operations…Adidas does not dispute that benefits are owed but "has asserted that the Contract does not require it to guarantee the unpaid benefits" of a contractor. CMD [Center for Media and Democracy] will publish a more detailed account of the action during the coming days.

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University of Wisconsin files breach of contract claim against adidas alleging company "failed to comply with anti-sweatshop provisions"

Adidas lawsuit (re University of Wisconsin)