News TÜV could be liable to eventual damages of over €6bn

A legal ruling made in France today has opened the way to millions of euros in compensation for British and other women who were fitted with defective French-made breast implants.

Mary Ellen Field; broadcast newsman Mark Colvin

Elle Macpherson adviser gives kidney to newsman she met over hacking

One of the first people to launch a legal action against News International over phone hacking has donated a kidney to a journalist she met while he was covering the case.

Fiat may buy up and float Chrysler

Chrysler, the US car giant that is majority-owned by Fiat, could end up being fully owned by the Italian group, which is mulling plans to buy up the business and then float it on the New York Stock Exchange.

Ireland outraged as 'gloating property developer' escapes debts

An audacious attempt by an Irish property developer to rid himself of debts of half a billion dollars by declaring himself bankrupt in the US has caused outrage in Dublin.

Michalis Sarris had been in the role for little more than a month

Cypriot finance minister quits as inquiry begins

'Actions and omissions' that led to crisis will be investigated by judges

Satyajit Das: Cyprus - a faraway country, but more important than you realise

Midweek View: Politically expedient accusations of money laundering and tax evasion in Cyprus are hypocritical

Fresh doubts emerge over Store Twenty One

Fears are growing for the future of Store Twenty One, the troubled discount fashion chain, after it emerged it has not paid rent on some of its 200 stores.

5 November 2012: Nicholas Levene before he was sentenced for a £32m fraud

Court orders stockbroker who defrauded £32m to pay nominal £1 fee

A bankrupt stockbroker who defrauded millions of pounds from some of Britain's shrewdest business people was today ordered to pay a nominal £1 fee.

A confidentiality agreement prevents PFA chief Gordon Taylor from discussing the damages payout

Footballers must plan to avoid bankruptcy in retirement

Report suggested three out of five former Premier League players go bankrup

Research by XPro, a charity for ex-players, suggests that three out of five Premier League players declare bankruptcy within five years of retirement

A reason to feel sorry for Premier League footballers? Three of five players declare bankruptcy after retirement

Footballers who have declared themselves broke after quitting the lucrative game include Keith Gillespie and Colin Hendry

'Zombie' fears as insolvencies rate falls to lowest for five years

UK firms are going bust at the slowest rate since the heady pre-credit-crunch era of 2007, credit checking company Experian said today.

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Soft porn company Girls Gone Wild files for bankruptcy over $16 million debt

Girls Gone Wild, an American softcore porn company that films drunk girls on Spring Break, has filed for bankruptcy protection citing debts of $16 million.

Big retailers shut shops at rate of 20 a day in 2012

The impact of the recent collapses on the high street is laid bare today in figures that show a rapid acceleration in the number of stores closed by major chains.

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