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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572 mn in opioids trial

Washington - An Oklahoma judge ordered US health care giant Johnson & Johnson on Monday to pay $572 million in damages for its role in fostering the state's opioid addiction crisis.

Dutch roll out fines for mobile-using cyclists

Den Haag - Dutch cyclists will from Monday face a 95-euro ($108) fine for holding a mobile phone while riding their bike, in a bid to cut a growing number of accidents.

Brazil ex-billionaire fined $134 million for insider trading

S - Eike Batista, once the richest man in Brazil, has been fined around $134 million for insider trading, the securities commission said Monday, as the ex-billionaire remains under house arrest pending an appeal against a 30-year jail sentence.

Deeper problems behind Google’s 1.5 billion euro fine Special

London - Google has been fined, for the third time, by the European Union for blocking rival online search advertisers. The fine was a record 1.5 billion euros. As to how this happened and whether Google will change, a leading lawyer weighs in.

Crowdfund lifeline for Russia opposition magazine hit by record fine

Moscow - Russia's only opposition magazine has crowdfunded almost $370,000 in four days to avoid bankruptcy and possible closure after it was hit with a record fine, its editor said on Tuesday.

UK's official Brexit campaign fined, referred to police

London - Britain's official Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, has been fined for breaking spending rules in the 2016 EU membership referendum, the Electoral Commission announced Tuesday, adding that it had referred the case to the police.

VW says will pay 1 bn euro German fine over emissions cheating

Berlin - Auto giant Volkswagen said Wednesday it would pay a one billion euro ($1.2 billion) fine imposed by German prosecutors for diesel emissions cheating.

Hungary PM fined for kindergarten campaign video

Budapest - In a rare scolding by Hungarian authorities, Prime Minister Viktor Orban was fined Thursday for breaking election rules after he posted an election campaign video of a kindergarten visit.

Paris metro fines pregnant woman for walking wrong way

Paris - A pregnant passenger on the Paris metro has been hit with a 60-euro fine for walking the wrong way, sparking outrage on social media.

Bangers and cash: German sausage makers fight 'cartel' fine

Frankfurt Am Main - German sausage makers head to court Tuesday to fight back against a record anti-trust fine for years of alleged price fixing in a sizzling scandal involving the nation's favourite food.

BMW loses appeal of $158 mln fine by Swiss competition watchdog

Geneva - BMW will have to pay a $158 million fine that Swiss competition authorities imposed on the German automaker five years ago after Switzerland's top court said Friday that it had rejected its appeal.

Facebook fined 1.2 mln euros by Spanish data watchdog

Madrid - Spain's data protection watchdog said Monday it has slapped Facebook with a fine of 1.2 million euros ($1.44 million) for failing to prevent its users' data being accessed by advertisers.

Party of Guatemala's president suspended for unpaid fine

Guatemala City - The party of Guatemala's embattled President Jimmy Morales was ordered to suspend administrative functions on Friday after missing a deadline to pay a $60,000 fine for delayed filing of election financing in 2015.

Petrobras execs get huge fine in refinery buy case

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian court Wednesday ordered two former Petrobras officials to pay fines totaling more than $80 million for grossly mishandling the purchase of a Texas refinery.

Spanish airline Iberia drops pregnancy tests after fine

Madrid - Spanish airline Iberia said Monday it will stop asking new employees to take pregnancy tests after it was slapped with a fine of 25,000 euros ($29,000) for discrimination.

Google hit with record 2.4 bn euro EU fine

Brussels - The EU hit Google with a record 2.4-billion-euro fine Tuesday for illegally favouring its shopping service in search results, in a fresh assault on US firms that risks the wrath of President Donald Trump.

Man gets fined $190 for snake without leash

Sioux Falls - Jerry Kimball was recently at a park with his pet snakes. While there, he let them roam freely, but this led to a $190 fine.

EU threatens fines for failing to take in refugees

Brussels - The EU on Thursday stepped up warnings that countries could be punished if they fail to share the burden of mainly Syrian refugees stranded in Greece and Italy.

Brock Lesnar suspended for failing UFC drug test

Las Vegas - Brock Lesnar, former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE wrestler, reached a resolution to the drug tests he failed in relation to his UFC 200 fight against Mark Hunt.

Swiss billionaire fined $4 mn over undeclared artwork: reports

Geneva - Swiss customs authorities have slapped a billionaire with a $4 million fine for failing to properly declare some 200 artworks imported into Switzerland, according to media reports confirmed by officials Sunday.

Man pays traffic fine with thousands of pennies

Frisco - Brett Sanders, of Frisco Texas, had to pay a $220 speeding ticket, which he did. However, he chose to pay with more than 20,000 pennies.

Credit Agricole to pay $800 mn in sanctions case: Source

New York - French bank Credit Agricole has agreed to pay $800 million to settle charges it flouted US sanctions in Iran and other countries, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

No butts: Paris stiffens fine for smokers who throw stubs in street

Paris - Flicking your cigarette butt in a Parisian street could from Thursday net you a stiff 68 euro ($75) fine as the city cracks down on "incivility" and pollution.

Amgen fined in the U.S. over 'improper advertising'

The pharmaceutical company Amgen has been fined by U.S. authorities in relation to the advertising of its products. The settlement is $71 million.

Woman in San Diego must pay $15K fine over Airbnb rentals

San Diego - A woman in San Diego has to pay a fine of $15,000 for operating AirBnb rentals. The original fine was more than $20,000, but it was reduced.

Man from Dubai faces fine for using bad language on WhatsApp

Under a new law, a man in the United Arab Emirates could be fined more than $60,000 for swearing at a colleague on WhatsApp.

France hands Google ultimatum for worldwide right-to-be-forgotten

France has warned Google that it must begin enforcing right-to-be-forgotten requests on its worldwide "" site as well as search results for individual countries within the next 15 days. If it fails to comply then sanctions will be imposed.

Man pays fine with casino winnings, just as cops arrive

Bochum - A man in Germany was able to avoid being arrested by paying a fine with his slot machine winnings, just as cops were going to arrest him.

Danish tourist gets hit with €600 fine for dousing ciggy on beach

Alghero - Smokers beware when visiting beautiful Sardinia in Italy. A Danish tourist at the beach recently stubbed out her cigarette in the sand and got hit with a €600 fine for her bad habit.

Standard Chartered fined $300 mn over laundering controls

New York - New York state's banking regulator Tuesday hit Standard Chartered Bank with a $300 million fine and restrictions on its dollar-clearing business for failing to detect possible money-laundering.
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