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Woman sues smartphone maker for false advertising after her phone failed to satisfy her

By Mason White 5:31 PM January 14, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A popular smartphone maker was slapped with a lawsuit after their phone failed to satisfy a consumer, according to court documents filed in China.

The woman of Beijing, was upset with her Xiaomi smartphone, which she bought two years ago, and filed the lawsuit in the Pudong New Area People’s Court.

The plaintiff identified as Liu, accused the company of false advertising after her Mi2 phone did not function properly. She bought the expensive phone on the company’s website for 1,999 yuan ($320).

Xiaomi had also been accused of making exaggerated advertising claims in another court. Liu is demanding compensation of 15,996 yuan ($2,580).

Xiaomi is the world’s 3rd largest smartphone distributor, and designs, develops and sells smartphones, mobile apps and consumer electronics.

Since the release of its first smartphone, Xiaomi has gained market share in mainland China, and expanded into developing a wider range of consumer electronics.

The company’s founder and CEO, Lei Jun, is China’s 23rd richest person according to Forbes. The company sold over 60 million smartphones last year.