Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Factory Victims File Suit

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Factory Victims File Suit

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Victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse have filed a negligence and wrongful death class-action lawsuit against Secaucus- based retailer The Children's Place, as well as Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney and the Bangladesh government.

The lawsuit, filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeks to represent the families of the 1,129 people killed in the tragedy, and the approximately 2,515 who were injured.

The retailers and the Bangladesh government "should have known that the Rana Plaza facility was not safe for human habitation," the lawsuit states.

The Children's Place did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

A spokesman for Wal-Mart said the company doesn't comment on pending litigation but said the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer has supported worker safety in Bangladesh as a founding member of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.

A spokeswoman for J.C. Penney also said she could not comment on the lawsuit, but added that the Plano, Texas-based company did not use Rana Plaza for its private brand merchandise, but that one of the businesses there produced national brand clothes, a portion of which were earmarked for J.C. Penney stores. J.C. Penney and Children's Place also are members of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.

The attorneys for the plaintiffs, Jonathan Greenbaum and Barry Coburn of the Washington, D.C., firm Coburn & Greenbaum PLLC, were in a legal proceeding Tuesday and could not reply immediately to questions.

The lawsuit was filed on the eve of the second anniversary of the April 24, 2013, disaster that killed workers in the building, which has been identified as a source of goods for The Children's Place, Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney and other international retailers and fashion brands. Workers have said in interviews that factory managers ordered them to enter the building and to continue working, even though it appeared to be on the verge of collapse. …

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