iPod-manufacturer Foxconn drops lawsuit over iPod ‘sweatshop’ report

Apple Store“Apple iPod maker Foxconn has dropped its controversial lawsuit against two journalists and a Shanghai newspaper, according to a statement issued yesterday by the company and the media outlet,” Zhang Liuhao reports for Shanghai Daily.

“‘Based on mutual respect, Foxconn agrees to withdraw the lawsuit against China Business News,’ the statement said,” Liuhao reports.

Liuhao reports, “The company and the newspaper also apologized for any trouble they had caused each other. There was no mention of compensation in the statement.”

Full article here.

“Last week, amid a wave of bad publicity, Apple Computer Inc. announced it was trying to resolve a controversy over the lawsuit filed in a Shenzhen court by Hongfujin against two journalists who wrote a story criticizing treatment of workers on its iPod assembly lines,” The Associated Press reports.

“Local and international media groups criticized Hongfujin’s demand for $3.8 million in damages as well as the local court’s agreement to freeze the personal assets of the two journalists, reporter Wang You and editor Weng Bao of the newspaper China Business News,” AP reports. “Hongfujin subsequently reduced its demand for damages to a token 1 yuan (12 U.S. cents).”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Rainy Day” for the heads up.]

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