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  • BRASILIA, Oct 22- A Brazilian court has approved a bankruptcy protection petition filed by MMX Sudeste Mineracao SA, an iron-ore mining company controlled by Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista, the company said on Wednesday in a securities filing. The decision was taken by a court in Belo Horizonte in the Minas Gerais state. MMX Sudeste holds nearly all the...

  • Oct 22- Texas tycoon Sam Wyly, who filed for bankruptcy this week, is trying to exhaust his fortune through exorbitant spending to impede the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's collection of a $198.1 million fraud claim against him, the regulator told a U.S. judge on Wednesday. During a hearing in Dallas bankruptcy court, a lawyer for the SEC criticized...

  • DETROIT, Oct 22- Detroit's relatively fast move through municipal bankruptcy has resulted in costly creditor settlements and too little emphasis on fixing the city's broken operations, a restructuring expert testified in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday. Still, Martha Kopacz, who was appointed by Judge Steven Rhodes to assess the viability of Detroit's...

  • Oct 21- Apple and GT Advanced Technologies Inc struck an agreement on Tuesday that will let GT begin the shutdown of key Arizona operations, and shed some more light on why the former stock market darling abruptly filed for bankruptcy this month. A lawyer for GT, Apple's erstwhile sapphire supplier, described the deal at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in...

  • Oct 21- Apple Inc and GT Advanced Technologies Inc have struck an agreement to shutter a key Arizona factory and allow the Apple supplier to explain the circumstances leading up to its abrupt bankruptcy filing, a lawyer for GT told a court on Tuesday. Scant details have emerged since GT Advanced, which was to have been a major supplier of scratch-resistant...

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The U.S. judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy dropped hints on Tuesday on what he wants to hear in the city's closing statements and what he may be scrutinizing in creditor settlements. "We are getting finality and stability going forward," state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr told U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes,...

  • Oct 21- A lawyer for GT Advanced Technologies Inc, a specialty glass supplier of Apple Inc, told a bankruptcy court on Tuesday the company was close to a settlement with the iPhone maker over access to information. Scant details have emerged since GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 6, wiping out most of its market value and triggering speculation as to what may...

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The federal judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case wants the city to explain its settlements with creditors and its exit financing in closing arguments next week, he said on Tuesday. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan had raised concerns about the financing for the city's bankruptcy exit when he testified earlier this month, as well as the...

  • Dallas tycoon Wyly files for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    Wyly, 80, listed assets of $100 million to $500 million, but his lawyers said he needed to file for bankruptcy protection "due to the massive costs of investigations and then litigation" by the SEC and the collection of the court judgment. The SEC sued the Wylys in 2010. Charles Wyly died the following year in a car crash at age 77. This year, a jury in federal court in...

  • Kimberly-Clark to cut up to 1,300 jobs Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    DALLAS— Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient. Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Tuesday that it anticipates restructuring costs between $130 million and $160 million, after taxes. Kimberly-Clark also cut its 2014 adjusted profit forecast to account for...

  • District Judge Shira Scheindlin in New York ordered Wyly and the estate of his late brother Charles to pay damages of $187.7 million plus interest to the SEC, after a jury found them liable for fraud in May. The SEC has since said the total, including interest, should be $299.4 million, which is one of the largest awards ever sought from individual defendants in a U.S....

  • District Judge Shira Scheindlin in New York ordered Wyly and the estate of his late brother Charles to pay damages of $187.7 million plus interest to the SEC, after a jury found them liable for fraud in May. The SEC has since said the total, including interest, should be $299.4 million, which is one of the largest awards ever sought from individual defendants.

  • GlobalFoundries: No layoffs in IBM chip units Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— GlobalFoundries' chief executive said Monday the chip manufacturer plans no shutdowns or layoffs at the IBM semiconductor factories in New York's Hudson Valley and Vermont that it is acquiring. CEO Sanjay Jha told reporters on a conference call that GlobalFoundries will welcome about 5,000 IBM employees, including "800 of the best technologists...

  • LONDON, Oct 20- Portuguese government bond yields jumped on Monday as financial concerns over one of the country's largest listed companies and the approaching bankruptcy of the Espirito Santo family shook investor confidence in the fragile peripheral economy. The liquidation of the assets of Espirito Santo holding company Rioforte virtually ensures...

  • Detroit bankruptcy decision set for early November Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 9:54 AM ET

    DETROIT— A judge pledged Monday to make a swift decision on Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy, signaling that the largest U.S. case of an insolvent local government could close in just a few more weeks. Judge Steven Rhodes said he'll start hearing final arguments on Oct. 27 and announce whether Detroit's plan is fair and feasible no later than Nov. 7.

  • IBM plant sold, stays in Vermont Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    BURLINGTON, Vt.— The plan by IBM to pay a company to take over its microelectronics operation, including its plant in Essex Junction, is good news for Vermont because the company that hopes to buy it is a leader in the computer chip manufacturing industry, Gov. The deal, announced Monday, ends months of uncertainty about the future of the IBM plant, one of Vermont's...

  • Pfizer/AZ chase may be off as pharma deals falter Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 4:12 AM ET

    At the start of the year, it looked like the pharma M&A market would get an adrenaline injection – but now, it's more like it’s taken a sleeping pill.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 16- Struggling U.S. chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc said on Thursday it was cutting 7 percent of its workforce and it gave a lower-than-expected revenue forecast for the current quarter, sending its shares lower. The company's third major round of job cuts since 2011 comes a week after AMD said Chief Executive Officer Rory Read had been...

  • DETROIT, Oct 16- Detroit announced on Thursday a last-minute settlement with its final major holdout creditor, Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., as it edged closer to exiting the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy. Corinne Ball, an attorney at law firm Jones Day, told U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes that the settlement includes an option for FGIC to...

  • Eagle Bulk Shipping cuts debt by 80 pct, shares skyrocket Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    Oct 16- Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc's shares shot up to as much as $15.46 from 68 cents as the company cut its borrowings by about 80 percent after converting debt into equity under a financial restructuring program. Excess capacity in the past couple of years has forced several shipping companies to file for bankruptcy, including Genco Shipping& Trading Ltd,...