Samsung Taiwan fined 0.3 million USD by Taiwan FTC

Samsung Taiwan was fined 10 million NTD (~0.3 million USD) by Taiwan FTC (Fair Trade Commision) today.

The case was filed this April and concludes today (2013/10/24, local time).

Samsung Taiwan was accused hiring two PR company to attack competitors and cover negative discussions on a Taiwan local forum, Mobile01.

Some Samsung Taiwan internal documents was leaked at 1 April, that includes mail records, forum operation SOP, forum operation agents list, etc. from Samsung Taiwan and the PR company.

The FTC fines Samsung Taiwan for 10 million NTD (~0.3 million USD) for violating the Fair Trade Law #24, with 3 million NTD (~ 0.1 million USD) and 50,000 NTD (~1,600 USD) on the two PR company, respectively.

This is also the first case that a company was fined with Fair Trade Law #24 in Taiwan.

Source: (in Traditional Chinese)

Taiwan FTC case announcement: http://www.ftc.gov.tw/internet/main/doc/docDetail.aspx?uid=126&docid=12989

TaiwanSamsungLeaks, where the leaked internal documents was published: http://taiwansamsungleaks.org/

Apple Daily news about this, which was the main translation reference: http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/life/20131024/280168/%E4%B8%89%E6%98%9F%E3%80%8C%E5%AF%AB%E6%89%8B%E9%96%80%E3%80%8D%E4%BA%8B%E4%BB%B6%E3%80%8010:30%E5%AE%A3%E5%B8%83%E8%A3%81%E7%BD%B0%E7%B5%90%E6%9E%9C