Dentsu pays $1.16 mil to settle suicide suit

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Japanese advertising giant Dentsu settled a historic lawsuit out of court by agreeing to pay $1.16 million in damages to the family of a worker whose suicide was caused by abusive treatment by company managers. As part of the settlement, Dentsu has admitted for the first time that it was responsible for the suicide from overwork of Ichiro Oshima, 24, who killed himself in 1991. The settlement follows a precedent-setting decision by Japan's Supreme Court in March, which ruled Dentsu was completely responsible for Mr. Oshima's suicide and ordered a lower court to reconsider compensation.

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