Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A South Korean court ruled in favor of electronics giant Samsung in a class-action lawsuit filed by owners of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 phone -- which the company was forced to recall twice because it was prone to catching fire.
About 1,900 former owners of the Note 7 sued Samsung, saying they suffered inconveniences due to the safety recalls and sought roughly $822,000 in damages.
The Seoul-based court denied the phone owners' case, saying Samsung did what it could to make the recalls as easy as possible for customers -- and allowed them to keep promotional accessories sold as part of the Note 7 promotional package, which itself served as a form of compensation.
Samsung endured months of upsetting headlines after the batteries in the flagship Galaxy phone line began randomly catching fire or melting while charging.
The company issued a recall in August 2016 for what it said was a design flaw and replaced the phones, but the problem persisted. A month later, Samsung was forced to take back millions of the phones and pull unsold units from store shelves across the world.
By October, the company stopped production of the entire Note 7 line.
Samsung is expected to unveil the Note 8 later this month.