By  on February 13, 2009

In a decision 10 years in the making, a federal jury on Wednesday awarded 25 garment workers almost $600,000 and found New York-based clothing maker Liberty Apparel Co. Inc. liable for wage and labor violations by its subcontractors.

The case is believed to be the first in which the question of whether a manufacturer is responsible for conditions at its subcontractors’ facilities was put to a jury.

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