Samsung, the Android phone giant, is suing Korean newspaper ETNews for falsely publishing incorrect information related to the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone. According to the news article, Samsung was apparently having trouble with the manufacture of cameras for the S5. This would mean a push back on the April 11 launch date for the phone (a big prompt for investors to get angry). This prompted a response from Samsung for the news corporation to retract the statement, which it refused.
Samsung is now suing for $284,000 USD (or 300 million KRW) from the newspaper. Of course, as pointed out by BGR, we don’t know a lot of details since the site’s translation is horrible. It released a statement to internet news site TechCrunch to clarify it’s actions related to this case:
“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.”
While Samsung’s position on this is understandable, especially on the heels of investor outrage over the low sales figures of the Galaxy S4. Apple Insider has pointed out that similar happenings have gone on at the launch of every major Apple phone and the company has yet to sue any news outlet for incorrect information.