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Samsung Galaxy S5 Negative Press in Korea Brings Lawsuit

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Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 12:45 PM

By Clyde Hughes

Samsung is suing the South Korean technology newspaper Electronic Times for $285,000 over what the smartphone maker sees as negative press on the company's Galaxy S5.

The Korean-language MediaToday broke the news about Samsung's lawsuit, saying that it focused on negative comments about the Galaxy S5's camera.

AppleInsider.com reported that Samsung accused Electronic News of publishing incorrect information about the Galaxy S5 that could cause customers not to buy the smartphone.

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Electronic Times stood by its Galaxy S5 article, saying "the story fits the facts."

"Samsung apparently feels the report could have a significant negative impact on sales, causing people to reconsider purchases because of the allegedly false claims made by Electronic Times," wrote BGR.com's Zach Epstein.

TechNewsPlus.com reported that Samsung's lawsuit seemed like an attempt to ease investors' fears concerning past sales performances.

"Apple has been the target of negative reviews in the tech media before the launch of almost every new iteration of iPhone but it has never taken the media sites to court over their opinion about iPhone," TechNewsPlus wrote. "Neither the negative reports have had any significant effects on iPhone sales over the years."

Others responded negatively to the Samsung lawsuit on social sites like Twitter.

Apple and Samsung are currently in federal court as the two top smartphone makers battle over smartphone technology, according to Bloomberg.com.

San Jose, Calif.-based U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh last week rejected Apple's request to show how it uses three of five patents disputed in the case after Samsung said Apple wasn't using the intellectual property, noted Bloomberg.com.

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