Italy PM`s holding ordered to pay $800 mn penalty
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 09, 2011, 13:42
  
Milan: A Milan appeals court on Saturday cut to 560 million euros ($801 million) a compensation payment by Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi's holding company to the rival CIR conglomerate.

The appeal court's ruling over a 1991 takeover battle for publisher Arnoldo Mondadori Editore is the latest blow to Italy's weakened prime minister.

Berlusconi this week tried to pass a measure that would have frozen the penalty but had to hastily backpedal due to a lack of support from coalition members.

Berlusconi's Fininvest holding won control of Mondadori in the early 1990s at the expense of CIR thanks to the ruling of a Rome judge who was later sentenced for corruption.

In 2009 a Milan court ordered Fininvest to pay 749.9 million euros in damages to CIR. Fininvest, which controls broadcaster Mediaset, appealed the decision.

Bureau Report


First Published: Saturday, July 09, 2011, 13:42


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