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Samsung, LG Decide to Play Nicely in Washing Machine Snafu

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Samsung and LG are calling an end to a long and bizarre legal dispute over damaged washing machines.

The two South Korean companies, in a joint statement, said they were withdrawing all complaints against one another, Reuters is reporting.

The bad blood between the two companies began last fall when Samsung accused LG appliances chief Jo Seong-jin and other LG employees of deliberately ruining Samsung washing machines at a retail store in Germany.

Seong-jin was indicted by the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office after Samsung made a formal complaint saying the machines were deliberately destroyed. Although prosecutors have not said what penalty they would seek against Jo, Samsung is now asking for leniency on his behalf.

“Both sides have agreed to avoid legal action and resolve any future conflicts or disputes through dialogue and mutual agreement,” the companies said in the statement.

Back in September, Samsung was singing a very different tune. Indeed, the company appeared to be out for blood, saying that while it was “very unfortunate” it was forced to lodge the complaint, “it was inevitable, as we concluded that we had to get to the bottom of this incident.”

LG admitted there were machines damaged, but said it was accidental. The company said doors on the machines were inadvertently damaged due to the weak hinges on the models.

“If our company had an intention to destroy products of a certain company to tarnish the image of the product, it would be common sense to not have our executives directly carry out such acts,” LG said at the time. “We hope that this is not an attempt to damage our reputation.”

The two companies have been mocked and jeered at in the media over the silliness of the dispute.

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