Can I Sue Mattel and FTS Tire Import For Damages?

Thursday, March 13, 2008 7:59
Posted in category From the Factory Floor

As you may remember, last summer was a PR nightmare for China’s export industry.  It is a story that has been flogged to death, but for many in China we recognized that it was a problem that would hit our top/ bottom line.

At the time, I began working on two deals –  one food related and one for the construction related – that in the end both fell through because of an internal “China ban”:

Per an email I recieved today:

At this point Retailer X has a corporate directive NOT TO SOURCE from China. If Retailer X can purchase item from another country they are to do that. If there is a unique item only China can supply then Retailer X will accept this item.

This ” China ban ” is due to all the Mattel & other China recalls.

Thanks for your help, maybe in the future.

and my question is.. can I sue Mattel, FTS, and others that played a media game of passing the buck to China?  Of course, I am not really going to because I really view this as part of the game, but given all the laws on slander and libel… I am wondering if there is any legal basis for something like this?

Anyone willing to take this on pro bono?

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2 Responses to “Can I Sue Mattel and FTS Tire Import For Damages?”

  1. Thomas Chow says:

    March 13th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I personally don’t think there are any bases. It’s awfully hard to win one of those slander/libel types of cases.

  2. Rich says:

    March 13th, 2008 at 6:45 pm


    Actually, that is what I figured, but you never know.

    When the news this story started breaking last year, CBS News as on the case to find firms that had been negatively affected through no fault of their own (i.e. they had a good track record, but because of the “Made in China” issue, they were loosing business anyway), and I am not sure whether a lot of these instances exist… but when it happens, it hurts.