Con­sumer Sues Sam­sung Af­ter Note 7 Catches Fire

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AChi­nese con­sumer has filed a law­suit against Sam­sung and a Chi­nese on­line shop­ping plat­form, af­ter a Note 7 smart­phone caught fire.

The plain­tiff, Yao, claimed to have fallen in love with the Galaxy Note 7 af­ter it de­buted in Au­gust, but cases of the phones catch­ing fire or over­heat­ing on the main­land left Yao un­de­cided. Yao said that in Septem­ber, Sam­sung China made a state­ment that the Note 7 smart­phones on the main­land were man­u­fac­tured with dif­fer­ent bat­tery cells from those in the global mar­ket and would not be re­called, which led to the pur­chase of a Note 7 on JD.com. On Septem­ber 18, the phone caught fire while Yao was play­ing games and burnt holes in the mat, bed­sheet and cush­ion on Yao’s bed.

The plain­tiff ac­cused the two de­fen­dants of fraud and caus­ing eco­nomic losses, de­mand­ing the re­turn of money for the phone, as well as a com­pen­sa­tion of 19,964 yuan (2956 U.S. dol­lars). A lo­cal court has ac­cepted the case. Sam­sung filed a plan with China’s con­sumer qual­ity watch­dog in Oc­to­ber to re­call 190,984 Galaxy Note 7 smart- phones sold on the Chi­nese main­land, due to an over­heat­ing prob­lem.

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