MADRID: A Spanish court has ordered German carmaker Volkswagen to pay 16.3 million euros ($19.8 million) in compensation to people in Spain who bought cars with emissions-cheating devices installed, consumer group OCU said on Monday.After a five-year legal battle, a Madrid court found Volkswagen had engaged in anti-competitive business practices and ordered the carmaker to pay 3,000 euros in damages to each OCU member affected, the group said in a statement.Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to using illegal software to cheat U.S. emissions-cheating devicesdiesel engine tests, a scandal that has so far cost it more than $30 billion in vehicle refits, fines and provisions.Nearly all U.S. owners of affected cars agreed to take part in a $25 billion settlement in 2016.Last year Germany's highest court for civil disputes ruled Volkswagen had to pay compensation to owners of vehicles with rigged diesel engines in Germany.The Spanish ruling can be appealed.Volkswagen was not immediately available … [Read more...] about Volkswagen ordered to pay $20 mn in Spanish diesel claim
In 2009, dozens of women filed civil lawsuits against the financier claiming they were molested, according to Insider. Epstein was accused by Virginia Roberts Giuffre in 2015 of forcing Giuffre to have sex with Prince Andrew and lawyer Alan Dershowitz. That same year, several lawsuits emerged alleging Epstein and his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell operated an international sex trafficking ring, according to the same report. … [Read more...] about Billionaire Leon Black Needs To Answer These Questions About His Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein
PREVIOUS, 1:17 PM: In what sounds like the final coffin nail in the ongoing saga of The Weinstein Company and the sale of its assets to the buying group headed by Maria Contreras-Sweet, Ron Burkle and Lantern Capital, Contreras-Sweet has just issued a statement that the deal is once again off. This is her second such statement, the first of which seemed a warning shot that presaged a last-minute bargaining session with the remaining board of directors Tarak Ben Ammar, Lance Maerov and Bob Weinstein, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose civil rights lawsuit just prior to the deal’s close scrapped a nearly closed deal several weeks ago. … [Read more...] about Weinstein Company Deal Is Off Again; Bidders Meeting Tomorrow As TWC Does MGM-Like Bankruptcy
The market for the ears of kids and young adults is seen as one of the next growth areas for the podcast business. As such, watch out for a few shows from Gen-Z Media (GZM), the company behind the podcast that turned into Disney+ series The Big Fib. Its slate includes Cupid and The Reaper, a follow up to Becoming Mother Nature, which co-founder Benjamin Strouse describes as a “tween Avengers”. The show tells the origin story of middle-schoolers and mismatched heroes Marcus Duffy and Mondo Ramirez, aka Cupid and the Grim Reaper. The company is also preparing Tomorrow, which tells the story of billionaire entrepreneur Oliver Warbucks, who as America recovered from a pandemic and the second Great Depression that followed, adopts a young orphan named Annie, who is plunged into a mystery on the fifth anniversary of her ‘Gotcha Day’. … [Read more...] about Batman, Art Heists, Chippendales & Judy Garland’s Slippers: The Podcasts To Watch Out For In 2021
Game Of Thrones fans spotted a stray takeaway coffee cup in front of Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys and there have also been stray crew members and a laptop charger spotted on sets too. … [Read more...] about After Bridgerton fans spy road markings on 1813 set, can you spot these awkward TV and movie continuity blunders?