LG and Samsung are two of the biggest companies slated to take the stage next month at CES 2015, but one of them may be at a serious disadvantage. CNET reports that LG’s home appliance chief Jo Seong-jin may not be allowed to leave South Korea after reportedly tampering with a Samsung washing machine at the IFA tradeshow earlier this year.
LG has denied the claims, but footage of the event apparently shows Jo himself purposefully sabotaging the hinges on a Samsung appliance. In response, Samsung’s lawyers are pushing a travel ban that could keep the LG exec from flying to Las Vegas next month for CES 2015. Four other company executives are reportedly also involved, including the head of LG’s TV department.
The South Korean company told CNET it has asked the prosecution to let Jo attend CES 2015 by temporarily lifting the travel ban. However, Samsung may not be willing to cave, and added that LG’s actions show a “lack of respect for the law.”
It’s unclear if Jo will make it to CES, and for now we’ll just have to wait and see who shows up.