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Samsung files lawsuit over negative news report of Galaxy S5

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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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posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:38 3

1. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Now it's a big story.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 08:32 3

36. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:39 4

2. Sauce (unregistered)


posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:44 20

3. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 158; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)

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

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:16 23

7. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 23:04 8

16. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 00:42 3

23. drunkenjay (Posts: 1062; Member since: 11 Feb 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:27 1

33. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:29 3

34. papss (unregistered)

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

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:16 1

8. Tito73 (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

All flagships do the same! ALL,

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:20 7

9. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1302; Member since: 28 Mar 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:38

14. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 158; Member since: 17 Feb 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 23:20 3

19. maherk (Posts: 4809; Member since: 10 Feb 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?

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 03:52

27. tedkord (Posts: 13776; Member since: 17 Jun 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

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:05

31. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 158; Member since: 17 Feb 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?

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 00:24 1

22. quakan (Posts: 1396; Member since: 02 Mar 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 01:51 2

25. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 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..

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 03:54 1

28. tedkord (Posts: 13776; Member since: 17 Jun 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 23:08

18. jackfruit_05 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Apr 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:45

4. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:55 3

6. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Complete 360?

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 08:33

37. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)

360 completed.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:50 3

5. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 01:14

24. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:29 1

10. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 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...

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:30 3

11. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Go Samsung! Prove those bored reporters wrong!!

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 01:52 7

26. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:37 2

13. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

The Next Big Lawsuit Is Here.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:40 6

15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 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.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 23:31

20. blingblingthing (Posts: 570; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

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

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