As part of the 2008 budget plan, parliament
has officially enacted legislation that provides for class-action
suitscollective lawsuits against businesses and corporations that unlawfully
violate contractual agreements or cause widespread injury or damages to both
consumers and investors. For example, courts will allow class-action suits
Executives from state broadcaster RAI and the
privately owned Mediaset have allegedly been in cahoots to secretly benefit
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi. According to a recent expos by the national
daily La Repubblica, top executives from both broadcasters coordinated and planted
news stories in favour of …
Three held in connection with killing
American student Amanda Knox has accused a Congolese pub owner of killing her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia on November 1.
Knox is being held in connection with the case, along with her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and local bar …
Former pope considered Padre Pio a phony
Pope John XXIII believed that one of Italy’s most beloved saints was a fraud. Recently unearthed documents conserved the Vatican archives give evidence that Angelo Roncalli thought the very popular Capuchin monk Padre Pio to be a fake whose soul was …
Italys newest Democratic Party privileges women
For the first time ever in Italian politics, the executive team of the country’s newest political party will be made up mostly of women. Head of the centre-left Partito Democratico (Democratic party) and Rome mayor Walter Veltroni recently announced the names …
Italy mourns one of its most
celebrated journalists, Enzo Biagi, who died on November 6 from heart
failure at the age of 87. During his 60-year career, Biagi was a
leading reporter for myriad national print publications and headed
prominent TV news programmes and investigative …
Rhinoplasty procedures in Italy are in high demand, but the reason Italians are waiting months, even years, for a nose job is not aesthetic. They need repairs to damage from excessive cocaine use. According to plastic surgeons gathered at a national …
After six long years of legal battle, a Neapolitan mobster serving a life sentence in a maximum-security prison in Terni, Umbria, was granted the right to conceive a child with his wife through artificial insemination. Last week, a healthy baby girl, …
Actor refutes gossip that he plans to sell villa
Hollywood star, George Clooney told the press that he will stay in Laglio, the small fishing town on the southwestern end of Lake Como, calling it his ‘home away from home’. ‘I’m so taken with where I live and how much …
Trevi Fountain coloured red in protest
The waters of Rome’s celebrated Trevi fountain turned blood red after an unidentified man threw a can of dye into its basin last week.
Forever immortalized by Anita Ekberg in Fellini’s 1960s classic, la Dolce Vita, and the award winning song …
Producers investigated for alleged price-fixing
Italy’s anti-trust authority has launched an investigation to determine whether the recent hike in pasta prices was the result of a secret price-fixing.
The probe is to determine if there was an accord between the Industrial Union of Pasta Makers (Unipi), representing …
Prodi salvages government from collapse
A key ally in Italian premier Romano Prodi’s centre-left coalition put the fate of the fragile majority government at risk last week.
Infuriated over accusations of corruption by Infrastructure minister and former anti-corruption prosecutor Antionio Di Pietro, Justice minister Clemente Mastella …
If you happen to be in a bank during a holdup, odds are you are in Italy.
Italy leads Europe has the top spot for bank heists. So far in 2007, Italy has averaged eight bank robberies a day, while the median …
The citizens of Padova are enterprising in their fight against drug trafficking in residential neighbourhoods.
City officials recently approved the construction of a new security barrier in the city centre, located on via Manara. After drug dealers were being ‘re-routed’ into their …
US ambassador to Rome Ronald Spogli recently admonished Italy over the quantity of pirated goods manufactured in the country.
‘American interests suffer huge damage in Italy. This is simply unacceptable’, he stated at a bilateral conference on intellectual property. Spogli strongly criticized …
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