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.

Another US city goes bankrupt as Stockton faces huge debts

Stockton is to become the largest US city to file for bankruptcy, the seventh American municipality to do so this year.

Asil Nadir denies stealing £150m from Polly Peck business empire

Former fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir denied today that he stole £150 million from his business empire.

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Bradford Bulls go into administration

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James Moore: Farepak ruined Christmas but there's cheer for its bosses

The Farepak savers' vain battle for justice goes on as the stench from this appalling affair lingers

Taxpayers may have to foot bill for Farepak collapse

Taxpayers may have to foot millions of pounds in legal bills following the abandonment of a Government bid to penalise directors of a Christmas hamper business which collapsed six years ago leaving tens of thousands of savers out of pocket, a businessman involved said today. 

Crooks targeting the old in £28m scam

Elderly are being flogged worthless wine and coins, and tempted into dodgy property land-bank deals

Warning on financial scams targeting the elderly

Older people are being warned not to fall prey to bogus retail and investment schemes, after 78 rogue companies raking in more than £28 million from people were shut down in the last three years alone.

Westlife's Shane Filan declared bankrupt

Westlife star Shane Filan has been declared bankrupt just days before the hugely successful Irish group play their farewell show.

Dewey & LeBoeuf goes bust with debts of $245m

The clients and partners of Dewey & LeBoeuf were last night picking up the pieces after the biggest-ever failure of an international law firm, in a tale of how oversize ambition and lashings of debt can destroy even a storied legal giant.

Debt-ridden law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf goes under

The clients and partners of Dewey & LeBoeuf were last night picking up the pieces after the biggest-ever failure of an international law firm.

Axe likely for 850 jobs at refinery as rescue plan fails

Up to 850 jobs at the bankrupt Coryton oil refinery in Essex are likely to be lost after administrator PwC announced it has failed to secure a rescue deal – despite talking to more than 100 potential investors and purchasers of the operation.

A dimmer Detroit: Mayor prepares to switch off half of his city's streetlights in attempt to save money

The parades of broken streetlights in Detroit – darkened by blown bulbs or by thieves who have made off with the wiring – have long been a symbol of the once-great city's long decline. But as the home of Motown and the Mustang is forced to downsize, its leaders have a solution: eliminate almost half of them for good.

US buy speeds up Stagecoach

The bus and rail firm Stagecoach spent £85m on buying nine businesses from its struggling US rival Coach America yesterday in an opportunistic move to bolster its fast-growing North American business.

Fatal Shot: The murder of Spencer Perceval on 11 May 1812

Revealed, 200 years on: What really happened when the PM was shot

The shot that killed Spencer Perceval still echoes around the corridors of power

Bankruptcies rise by 5.5%

Personal insolvencies declined by 1.2% in the first three months of this year compared with the previous quarter, the Insolvency Service said today.

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