Jailed Customer Faces Large International Enterprises

In waves of Microsoft’s “black screen” controversy,  a lawsuit puts another Chinese customer in confrontation with large international companies.  From Electronista,

A Monday report in the Beijing Times daily has shed light on an ongoing case between a young woman who was accused of extortion by computer maker ASUS back in 2006 and, as a result, jailed for 10 months, according to a recent report. Huang Jing, whose legal troubles with ASUS began in February of 2006 when she bought an ASUS V6800V notebook which had constant problems that included freeze-ups. After spending 10 months in jail, Huang Jing is now countersuing ASUS for defamation, false accusation and selling defective products.

In addition, Huang Jing is seeking reparation from the state for being jailed for ten months before being released on account of a lack of sufficient evidence. Huang Jing was jailed after ASUS accused her of extortion, when, after her notebook was allegedly repaired using an Intel engineering sample that should not have made it to market, along with other remaining problems, she sued ASUS for $5 million.

[…] She was released in December of 2007 after a Haidian District procurator found there was not enough evidence against her. Since her release and the new lawsuit against ASUS, Huang Jing has put up a website that documents other alleged instances where ASUS has cheated its customers.

Besides accusing Asus and the state, Huang Jing also charges Intel for cover-up. Early from People’s Daily Online,

A protester interrupted a speech by Intel CEO Paul Otellini at Peking University yesterday, accusing the chip giant of covering up for Taiwan PC maker Asus in consumer rights litigation.

The man, named Zhou Chengyu, stormed onto the stage, holding a poster which read “Intel covers up Asus!”

Otellini’s speech was disrupted before security guards removed the protester from the conference hall.

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