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Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Mariana Islands The garment industry continued to receive heavy criticism and negative actions in the course of the year under review. As noted in last year's report, class-action lawsuits targeting retail outlets inside the United States were filed against the garment industry in Saipan, Washington d c , and San Francisco. The Saipan lawsuit was filed on behalf of some 22 anonymous garment workers. In July an attempt was made in state and federal court to throw out the case because the work- political reviews · micronesia ers were not identified. Their lawyers claimed that identifying plaintiffs would subject them to harassment and possibly serious danger, both on Saipan and in their countries of origin. Judge Munson found that the fairness doctrine required the defendants to know who the plaintiffs are, and ruled against the garment workers. Their lawyers appealed the case to the Ninth Circuit Court, which overturned Judge Munson's decision. As a result of the class-action suit, many garment retailers agreed to an out-of-court settlement, which included money to pay for monitoring the garment factories where they buy their products, attorney fees, and compensation for the workers. A $1.5 million fund was established by the retailers for this http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Northern Mariana Islands

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 13 (1) – Jan 1, 2001

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Abstract

The garment industry continued to receive heavy criticism and negative actions in the course of the year under review. As noted in last year's report, class-action lawsuits targeting retail outlets inside the United States were filed against the garment industry in Saipan, Washington d c , and San Francisco. The Saipan lawsuit was filed on behalf of some 22 anonymous garment workers. In July an attempt was made in state and federal court to throw out the case because the work- political reviews · micronesia ers were not identified. Their lawyers claimed that identifying plaintiffs would subject them to harassment and possibly serious danger, both on Saipan and in their countries of origin. Judge Munson found that the fairness doctrine required the defendants to know who the plaintiffs are, and ruled against the garment workers. Their lawyers appealed the case to the Ninth Circuit Court, which overturned Judge Munson's decision. As a result of the class-action suit, many garment retailers agreed to an out-of-court settlement, which included money to pay for monitoring the garment factories where they buy their products, attorney fees, and compensation for the workers. A $1.5 million fund was established by the retailers for this

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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