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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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16 May 2002

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

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

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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15 May 2002

Garment workers granted class action status in sweatshop suit [USA-Saipan]

Author: AP

Foreign garment workers have gained class action status in a federal racketeering lawsuit alleging sweatshop conditions in factories here that supply U.S. retailers, including the Gap.

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15 May 2002

Saipan judge certifies suit as class action: Ruling in dispute over garment factories a rebuff to Gap, Levi

Author: Jenny Strasburg, San Francisco Chronicle

...Defendants opposing the settlement included more than a dozen Saipan factory owners and nine retailers: Lane Bryant, the Limited, Abercrombie & Fitch, Target, J.C. Penney, and Talbots, in addition to Gap and Levi...However, with Munson's class-action certification, attorneys seeking to represent about 30,000 factory workers can move closer toward the preliminary settlement that has already been approved by 19 retailers. They include the Gymboree Corp. of Burlingame, Sears Roebuck and Co., Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein [now part of Phillips-Van Heusen], Nordstrom, Liz Claiborne and Polo Ralph Lauren.

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