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Briefly: Apple factory abuse petitions, Mophie wins lawsuit

updated 08:35 pm EST, Tue January 31, 2012

Counterfeit battery pack cases to be destroyed

Two online petitions that look to address issues around claims of factory worker abuse in Apple's suppliers have been launched online, while accessory maker Mophie has won a case against a counterfeit case producer in Texas


Two online petitions that look to address issues around claims of factory worker abuse among the Chinese suppliers of Apple and other electronics firms have been launched online, while accessory maker Mophie has won a case against a counterfeit case producer in Texas.

Online petitions decry Apple, Chinese suppliers

Two online campaigns against Foxconn factory worker abuse have been launched on Change.org and SumOfUs. Mark Shields started his Change.org campaign after listening to a radio program that discussed the claims of labor abuses at an Apple supplier factory in China. In less than 48 hours, Shields' petition grew to over 140,000 signatures, only 10,000 short of his original goal. At the same time, the SumOfUs campaign, which addresses the same concerns, has gained over 35,000 signatures within 24 hours. Apple's CEO Tim Cook openly addressed the issues through a letter sent to all workers which said that Apple will not "turn a blind eye to problems in our supply chain," and suggested people follow the company's progress on its dedicated web page.

Mophie wins judgement against counterfeit Juice Pack seller

Mophie, a California-based accessory manufacturer, has been awarded an $830,000 judgement against a Texas woman who was selling counterfeit versions of its Juice Pack Plus rechargeable battery case on eBay. On top of the fine, Sidrah Qadeer was ordered to pay all of Mophie's legal fees, to immediately deliver all counterfeit products for destruction, and to forever refrain from selling any Mophie-branded products. Official Mophie products can be found in Apple, AT&T, Best Buy, and Verizon stores, as well as on its own website and also via Amazon.




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  1. mjtomlin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    "Apple factory worker abuse"

    LOL Got to love it! So, Apple is to right all the wrongs in the world's labor policies? Even though every other electronics maker uses those same assemblers and there are many other countries with the same problem.
    Sure where the Human Rights Organizations failed, Apple will surely succeed and be petitioned to do so! Give me a break. These people don't really care about labor issues. They just want their 15 minutes of fame and attaching Apple to some controversy is the most effective way of getting it. How do I know this to be a fact? Because the actual company that hires and "mistreats" these Chinese workers isn't even mentioned in this article for christ's sake!!! It's called Foxconn. It's actually "Foxconn factory worker abuse".

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Two things:

    1. I largely agree with your comment, but Foxconn is in fact mentioned by name (only once).

    2. As I've recently discovered through some research on this, everything's relative. Foxconn appears to be the LEAST abusive such company in all of China compared to others (who may or may not do any work for Apple). Apple can and should push for improvements, but the problem really lies with the balance of China's government and its efforts to fight poverty versus law/regulation enforcement.

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Apple Is The Fairest Target Be-

    cause apple exploits this system best. Foxconn builds plants wherever apple wants them to(quite unheard of). Foxconn will manufacture in Brazil because that country adds a huge punitive tariff to imported goods. Apple goods produced in Brazil will cost brazilian consumers less and apple's market share should rise. 35-45% profit margins are made by apple not passing on any efficiency savings to consumers. Apple has more than 96 billion in cash and hasn't paid a dividend to shareholders. 2/3 of this cash is outside the USA where apple is headquartered because they are avoiding taxation and actively lobbying congress to change tax law in the hope that one day they can repatriate this cash with lower taxation or no taxation. Apple are greedy and show nothing but indifference to the economic situation of the country in which they are headquartered. Apple manufacturers nothing in America, even when they have the power to have foxconn build anywhere that apple wants! Change has to start somewhere, may as well start at the top. I signed the SumOfUs campaign yesterday. This comment was produced on a mac.

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