Source of Article:http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/12/117_35586.html
By Kang Shin-who
Some 1,000 Korean-Americans plan to file a lawsuit against an MBC program
for allegedly using false data to exaggerate the risks of American beef.
The ethnic Koreans, including U.S.
green card and citizenship holders as well as students, are claiming that
they have been humiliated and ridiculed by other Americans over the turmoil
regarding the safety of U.S.
beef in Korea,
which was partially triggered by the program.
TV program ``PD Notebook'' aired last April and gave the impression that
downer cows were infected with mad cow disease and misreported the cause of
American woman Aretha Vinson's death. A court last July ordered the program
to air a correction over its ``incorrect'' reporting on mad cow disease.
The American group will work together with ``Lawyers for Citizens,'' a
local organization of attorneys. The lawyer group already filed a 25
billion won lawsuit against the TV program with 2,469 plaintiffs, claiming
that the distorted TV show caused candlelight protests and damaged the
livelihoods of some citizens.
Like its previous legal action, the civic group will make an additional
lawsuit claiming 1 million won per person on behalf of the
Korean-Americans. Hence, the compensation the group is seeking from the
broadcaster will reach 3.5 billion won.
``We will submit the lawsuit by the end of the year and now focus on the
trial, scheduled for December 23,'' said Lee Hun, the group's lawyer.