Kasky V Nike

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Sochittra Chhim

April 12, 2011

BLAW- Dr. Prentice

TO: Appellate Justice

FROM: Sochittra Chhim

RE: Kasky v. Nike

FACTS: Nike is an Oregon based company who sells its products worldwide. Nike’s products are made by subcontractors in China, Vietnam, and Indonesia who are mainly woman under the age of 24. Nike stated in a memorandum that they will assume the responsibility of their subcontractor’s conformity to local laws, overtime, occupational health and safety standards, environmental protection, and minimum wage.

Nike was scrutinized by 48 Hours and many other media outlets after 48 hours broke the story about terrible working conditions where Nike products are made. The media accused Nike of paying their workers under the local minimum wage, required workers to work overtime, encouraging and allowing ovetime hours above local law requirements. There were reports of workers being physically, verbally, and sexually abused in these factories. Workers were also exposed to toxic chemicals, heat, noise, and dust without proper safety regulations which violated local occupational health and safety requirements.

After the allegations, Nike responded by saying the defendants statements were false and misleading. Nike and their defendants made these statements to newspapers, public relations, university presidents and athletic directors, and press releases. Nike even publicized a report conducted by Goodworks International, LLC., which found no evidence of illegal or unsafe working conditions at the Nike factories in China, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

SUMMARY OF THE PROCEDURE: Marc Kasky is suing Nike on behalf of the general public of California for making false and misleading statements in trial court. The trial court dismissed the case and the plaintiff appealed to the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals confirmed the judgment of the…...

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