Samsung files lawsuit over negative news report of Galaxy S5

Samsung files lawsuit over negative news report of Galaxy S5
The Galaxy S5 is almost here, and several outlets, including us, have looked over the new flagship with rave reviews. One publication in Korea does not see it that way however, and Samsung has filed suit against ETNews who published a “negative” report related to the manufacture of the device.

ETNews noted that the Korean conglomerate was having issues producing components for the Galaxy S5’s camera.

ETNews further reported that Samsung has having employees work crazy overtime hours to make up for the production gap so the phone’s commercial release would not be delayed.  Samsung denied the reports and asked ETNews to retract the statements, concerned that the negative press could hamper sales in Korea, and that the story could go viral, thus hampering sales worldwide. ETNews refused to change its story, so Samsung put its crack legal team on the case.

Samsung is seeking damages of roughly $300,000, taking the matter up with South Korea’s Press Arbitration Commission stating the following, “Samsung Electronics sought a correction from ET News following the publication of false claims that can hugely damage our business and brand value. In the interests of providing consumers with accurate information, we made a number of requests for the information to be corrected. Unfortunately this was ignored and we are now taking legal action as a last resort.”

In its defense, ETNews says its story fits the facts it has and that its reporters are fact checked daily.

source: Digital Trends

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37 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Now it's a big story.

36. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

It's funny how they don't want the story to go viral, but file a lawsuit which immediately makes it viral...

2. Sauce unregistered

Babies.

3. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

You call apple a court troll? Look at what Samsung is doing....

7. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Well at least it's not about "rectangular & rounded corner" thingy..

16. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Yes, but cheaper than that. Samsung almost reacting that they did not pay the student to post negative comments about HTC one.

23. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

just like htc blurting out crap to make samsung look bad. even in mwc they talk sh*t. its company issues get over it and stop trying to act like a tough guy.

33. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Your moral equivalency is pretty poor. "Talking crap" != paying people to give bad reviews of a competitor. One is universally understood as a brand saying things about a competitor to gain an advantage, whereas the other is an underhanded trick to portray users, who would ostensibly be considered neutral, as being unhappy with a product. The latter is far more damaging.

34. papss unregistered

No its about putting a hole in a flat slate and patent it.

8. Tito73

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

All flagships do the same! ALL,

9. Jason2k13

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

So if someone says your product is Sh*t to the whole nation, you wouldn't do anything about it? I dont know why your getting a thumbs up, when what the reporter is doing, is a good reason to take them to court.

14. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I'm sorry but did I miss that part somewhere? This should be a good thing that Samsung is building a product that competitor doesn't have and is making employees work hard for it. However, I look at things positively so I see that as a good thing except the crazy hours. If it said, hard work or some crap then I would be intrigued by how their product is better.

19. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

is there golden butterflies in your magical world? how is the report giving a positive image about Samsung when it mentions that Samsung are FORCING their employees to work extra hours?

27. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I live in the US, and I get forced to work extra hours. It's a fact of life. I need to decide if it's worth the paycheck. With a daughter in college and a son going into junior high next year, it's worth it

31. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Yeah there is. Would you like to come see it? Wait your negativity ruins it... sorry. But didn't you read the part where I said that the employee thing makes them look bad?

22. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

There is nothing illegal about giving a bad review to a product or reporting harsh labor practices unless the statements prove to be false and damaging to an individual or a company. If Samsung can prove the statements are false, then they have a case.

25. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Are you a teenage boy? Everyone has a right to review a product, praise it or criticize it! You'll get to know what I'm saying if you grow up man..

28. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, they do. But they do not have the right to abuse any person or business of abuses that aren't true. And if those facts don't check, and it could harm the business, then Samsung has a case.

18. jackfruit_05

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 09, 2014

This is Serious.....this is consider family/ company matter. Just like someone said you mistreat your family members which as for me I wont bother unless help is requested by the member of the family. Again this will be reported to the relevant dept and not to press.

4. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I think Samsung has a game plan. I'm getting sick of seeing one story one day and then a complete 360 the next. Useless comments over useless articles. Just a waste of everyone's time.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Complete 360?

37. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

360 completed.

5. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

This is what happens when trolls comment on things and none of here can read Korean. Did any moron check what was actually written by the korean paper? I think not, but everyone will comment even without reading or understanding the issue. Typical new age useless and uneducated click-bait journalism for which Maxwell R is just another fish.

24. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Yes we all speak Korean and we all ran to read the Korean paper in Korean, just as soon as we saw this article.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

If Samsung can prove that this news outlet was lying, then so be it - not like the mainstream news of any country is honest, nowadays, as most are just mouthpieces of their own governments...

11. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Go Samsung! Prove those bored reporters wrong!!

26. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

What?? Looks like Samsung is worst than Apple. Dictatorship, I guess?!

13. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The Next Big Lawsuit Is Here.

15. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

If you had your own company and someone did a report claiming you were over working your employees and mistreating them, you would just sit there and do nothing about it? It's not like the report just said "oh well I don't personally like the build quality of the phone" and then Samsung went on a sueing frenzy. No they are making claims that Samsung is mistreating their workers and over working them. That is really bad press and a bold statement to make without any proof to back it up. I don't blame Samsung for wanting to take action as well. They even gave them the chance to remove that claim as well, they denied Samsung's request.

20. blingblingthing

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Thank you. These bold claims are very negative to company. If there have proof, they can now show it

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