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President Park Named as Bribery Suspect in Corruption Probe

President Park Named as Bribery Suspect in Corruption Probe

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye was named a bribery suspect on Tuesday as special prosecutors wrapped up their three-month probe into a massive influence-peddling scandal. The probe team, led by Independent Counsel Park Young-soo, suspects that the president colluded with her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil and took bribes from [...]

Samsung Electronics Sets New Rule for Donations After Scandal

Samsung Electronics Sets New Rule for Donations After Scandal

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Korea Bizwire) – The board of Samsung Electronics Co. approved a new clause on Friday that aims to make donations more transparent, after Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong was arrested over his alleged role in the influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.  Under the new rule, any plans [...]

Qualcomm Files Complaints Against Anti-Trust Fine in S. Korea

Qualcomm Files Complaints Against Anti-Trust Fine in S. Korea

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – Qualcomm Inc. has filed complaints against South Korean anti-trust regulator’s decision to penalize the U.S. wireless technology giant with a fine of 1.03 trillion won (US$903 million) for violating the nation’s competition laws.  The complaints were filed with the Seoul High Court on Tuesday, a day before the deadline [...]

Court Rules in Favor of Korean Fashion Company in Hermès Copyright Dispute

Court Rules in Favor of Korean Fashion Company in Hermès Copyright Dispute

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – A Seoul appeals court on Tuesday ruled in favor of South Korean fashion brand PLAYNOMORE in a copyright lawsuit filed by Hermès, upsetting a previous ruling in favor of the French luxury brand.  The dispute goes back to November 2015 when Hermès filed a lawsuit against the Korean company, [...]

Hermes Bags Are Talk of Town amid Nation-Rocking Scandal

Hermes Bags Are Talk of Town amid Nation-Rocking Scandal

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – Hermes handbags, despite their international reputation as an elegant luxury brand, are adding bitterness to their cachet in South Korea as they have been used as a “popular” item for bribes in high-profile political scandals.  Industry sources have widely suspected that either a Birkin bag or Kelly bag, two [...]

Samsung Heir Arrested on Bribery Charges in Corruption Probe

Samsung Heir Arrested on Bribery Charges in Corruption Probe

SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Group’s de facto leader, was formally arrested Friday on charges of bribery in connection with a high-profile corruption scandal surrounding President Park Geun-hye and her friend.  With the Seoul Central District Court issuing the arrest warrant, Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., became the first [...]