Today, the FTC came out with a statement alleging that the South Korea-based manufacturer has organized an Internet campaign that is in strict violation with the rules of fair trade. Said campaign was staged with the aim of defaming the products of local rival HTC, while praising Samsung's own products at the same time. The fine reads a whopping $340,000, though we can imagine that Sammy's been through worse. Two local companies were also fined, as they were responsible for mounting the smear campaign itself.
Things like these are bound to happen when you're as big as Samsung and operate in as ruthless an industry as the mobile one right now. Then again, such methods are frowned upon to say the least, and we definitely don't see Samsung products as ones needing a push, so we're definitely not happy to see that the allegation was upheld. Play nice, Sammy!
source: Associated Press