Washing Machine Scandal
The prosecution demanded a 10-month jail term for Cho Sung-jin, the president of LG Electronics’ home appliance unit, who has been accused of intentionally damaging Samsung washers that were on display at shops in Germany last year.
At the final trial at the Seoul Central District Court, the prosecution demanded such a jail term for three LG executives, including President Cho, on Nov. 17, saying, “They are far from penitent for their offense, even after they damaged Samsung washing machines on purpose and gave approval to the press release that diminishes product quality. Considering the fact that they kept postponing their attendance, they should be sentenced to imprisonment.”
Cho and two other executives were indicted on charges of intentionally damaging the door hinges of three Samsung Electronics Crystal Blue washers at two stores in Berlin on Sept. 3.
Meanwhile, LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics agreed to end all ongoing lawsuits in diverse areas, including home appliances and display patents, on March 31. Accordingly, Samsung Electronics dropped the charge over the broken washing machines and submitted a request not to punish, but the prosecution progressed the trial, citing defamation claims.