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Foxconn drops iPod libel suit against Chinese journalists

Posted: 11 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Foxconn? iPod? Apple? libel suit?

Foxconn Technology has dropped its libel suit against two Chinese journalists and their newspaper for publishing a report claiming that workers at an iPod manufacturing plant were mistreated, according to a Reuters report.

The lawsuit was filed by Foxconn, a subsidiary of Taiwanese EMS giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd that manufactures iPods for Apple Inc., against reporter You Wang and editor Bao Wen from the China Business News, a Shanghai-based daily newspaper. It is believed to be one of China's biggest libel suits.

The June 15 article said that employees at Foxconn's Shenzhen factory work 12 hours a day, exceeding the hours-per-week work limit. The report also alleged that workers had to stand while working for 12 hours every day without rest and were not allowed to talk.

Last month,

Apple denied charges of forced labor

but admitted that the Longhau plant exceeded the American company's limits on hours and days worked per week. Apple said it was taking immediate steps with the supplier to remedy all issues.

Foxconn and China Business News had reportedly apologized to each other for the trouble caused by the lawsuit, and had agreed to cooperate to protect workers' rights.

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