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The editor-in-chief of state-backed Chinese newspaper Global Times warned debt-ridden property giant Evergrande Group that it should not bet on a government bailout on the assumption that it is "too big to fail."

It was the first commentary to appear in state-backed media casting doubt on a government bailout for the country's second largest property developer, whose shares fell on Friday for the fifth consecutive day amid concerns it is heading for default.


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A U.S. appeals court said the trustee liquidating Bernard Madoff's firm can pursue a $343.1 million clawback lawsuit against Citigroup Inc, a decision that could help the late swindler's customers recover close to the estimated $17.5 billion they lost in his Ponzi scheme.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled on Monday that lower court judges incorrectly required the trustee Irving Picard to prove Citigroup lacked good faith by being "willfully blind" to "red flags" suggesting a high probability of fraud.


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Johnson & Johnson is exploring a plan to offload liabilities from widespread Baby Powder litigation into a newly created business that would then seek bankruptcy protection, according to seven people familiar with the matter.

During settlement discussions, one of the healthcare conglomerate’s attorneys has told plaintiffs’ lawyers that J&J could pursue the bankruptcy plan, which could result in lower payouts for cases that do not settle beforehand, some of the people said. Plaintiffs’ lawyers would initially be unable to stop J&J from taking such a step, though could pursue legal avenues to challenge it later.


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Debt-saddled Chinese chip manufacturer Tsinghua Unigroup is looking to divest almost half of its stake in Shenzhen-listed Unisplendour Corporation, a cloud computing infrastructure firm, in a deal that could generate up to $7.7 billion.Interested parties include Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) along with several state-owned Chinese companies, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.


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Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (OTC: NWARF) named Geir Karlsen as its new chief executive officer Monday, a day after the company’s board decided to immediately terminate the contract with former head Jacob Schram.

In a statement, Norwegian Air’s board chair Svein Harald Øygard said Karlen – the company’s chief financial officer – “has the competencies, focus, trust and dedication that makes him the best choice” to lead the Oslo-based airline.


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Rhode Island-based jewelry retailer Alex and Ani LLC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and put itself up for sale.

On Thursday, the company said it entered into a restructuring support agreement (RSA) with debt holders and equity sponsors as it works to reorganize and strengthen its online and retail businesses.