LONDON – A court in Seoul, South Korea, has ordered that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. pay compensation to the families of two young employees who died of leukemia, according to the Yonhap news agency. The amount of compensation to be paid was not given in the report.
However, the same court dismissed three other claims – one from the family of dead worker and two from former employees now suffering with lymphoma and leukemia, who had worked at other Samsung manufacturing sites.
Samsung has denied that its production lines increase the likelihood of contracting cancer and refused to accept the court ruling, according to the Yonhap report. A previous state agency investigation had found Samsung was not responsible, the report quoted a Samsung spokesman as saying.
"As the ruling is not final, we will try to clear suspicions through continuing trials," the report quoted spokesman Park Chun-ho as saying.
The judgments come after lobbying groups across Asia came together in 2010 to launch the "Samsung Accountability Campaign" with the claim that they had discovered an unusual cluster of cancers amongst Samsung fab workers.
The Seoul Administrative Court ruled in favor of the families of two workers who worked cleaning wafers on a production line in Gyeonggi Province. The families had requested the court annul a 2009 decision by the Korea Workers' Compensation & Welfare Services not to pay compensation and funeral expenses for the deaths, the report said.