Sam­sung to face law­suit for Note 7 in­con­ve­nience

China Daily (Canada) - - VIEW - By XIN­HUA

Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics is to face a class ac­tion law­suit in South Korea set to be filed next week by own­ers of the com­pany’s Galaxy Note 7 smart­phones for their in­con­ve­nience ex­pe­ri­enced through­out the re­call and dis­con­tin­u­a­tion scan­dal, Yon­hap news agency re­ported onWed­nes­day.

Own­ers of Note 7s, which Sam­sung de­cided last week to dis­con­tinue, plan to file a class ac­tion suit with the Seoul Cen­tral District Court onMon­day.

Har­vest Law Of­fice, a lo­cal law firm that will rep­re­sent the own­ers in the court, has col­lected 57 own­ers of the fire-prone de­vice as of 9:30 am lo­cal time (0030 GMT).

The num­ber is ex­pected to rise as the law firm keeps, and will keep col­lect­ing those who want to join the class ac­tion law­suit.

The own­ers will claim 300,000 won ($268) per per­son in dam­ages for their in­con­ve­niences they ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the com­pany’s re­call and dis­con­tin­u­a­tion process.

Sam­sung an­nounced its global re­call in early Septem­ber of 2.5 mil­lion Note 7 phones.

Scores of the faulty de­vices catch­ing fire or over­heat­ing had been re­ported glob­ally for two weeks after its de­but.

The South Korean tech be­he­moth fi­nally de­cided last week to stop pro­duc­tion and sales of the fire-prone phones.

Note 7 own­ers are to claim in the fil­ing that they had vis­ited re­tail stores four times to pur­chase the de­vice at the very first, check bat­ter­ies, ex­change the faulty de­vice with a re­place­ment one and swap it with other smart­phone.

The dam­ages of 300,000 won­was claimed to com­pen­sate for their time-con­sum­ing, anx­i­ety felt when they were us­ing the fire-prone phones and a psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma they suf­fered.

Sam­sung has faced sim­i­lar law­suits in the United States. Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, three Note 7 cus­tomers have filed a class ac­tion law­suit with Sam­sung in a fed­eral court in New Jer­sey.

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