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

Author: Nancy Cleeland, The Age [Australia] / Los Angeles Times, Published on: 16 May 2002

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.

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Related companies: Gap Liz Claiborne (part of J.C. Penney) Tommy Hilfiger (part of PVH)