European consumer goods correspondent
David's Feed
Dec 4, 2013

Live Nation to provide free concert tickets under legal settlement

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Concert promoter Live Nation Worldwide Inc. must provide free tickets and discount vouchers to hundreds of thousands of customers to settle claims that it overcharged for shows at a New Jersey arts center, a judge has ruled.

The settlement stems from a 2009 lawsuit alleging that concertgoers at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, were overcharged for tickets by the use of deceptive practices.

Nov 27, 2013

Former New York disc jockey held on sex charge

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Retired rock radio disc jockey Dave Herman was ordered to remain in federal custody on Wednesday on charges he attempted to transport a 7-year-old girl to the U.S. Virgin Islands from New Jersey to engage in sexual activity.

Herman, 77, was arrested at the St. Croix airport on October 24, where prosecutors say he was expecting to meet the girl.

Nov 22, 2013

‘Jersey Shore’ cast member under federal investigation : publicist

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Former “Jersey Shore” cast member Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino is facing a federal investigation into his finances, his publicist said on Thursday.

The probe centers on his businesses, which include MPS Entertainment, Situation Productions and a clothing line, Situation Nation, according to the website TMZ, which first reported on it.

Nov 20, 2013

‘Real Housewives’ stars plead not guilty to latest fraud charges

, Nov 20 (Reuters) – “Real Housewives of New
Jersey” cast members Teresa and Giuseppe (Joe) Giudice pleaded
not guilty on Wednesday to two counts of loan fraud, part of a
slew of federal charges they face for what prosecutors say was
years of lying on financial applications and hiding income.

The newest charges stem from the couple allegedly making a
false claim eight years ago that Teresa had a job as a real
estate agent making $15,000 a month, prosecutors said. She was
not employed outside the home, according to prosecutors.

Sep 26, 2013

Father of four-year-old N.J. boy who accidentally shot friend is indicted

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – The father of a 4-year-old boy in New Jersey, who accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old friend while playing with a gun, has been indicted on charges of child endangerment, prosecutors said.

The decision by a grand jury came four months after Anthony Senatore, 33, was charged when authorities searched his home and found multiple unsecured weapons, including two 12-gauge shotguns, prosecutors said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Sep 19, 2013

Group plans to form largest U.S. hospital alliance

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Seven hospital systems in New Jersey and Pennsylvania will form what executives say will be the largest U.S. healthcare alliance in the country.

The number of hospital mergers has soared in the past several years as providers band together to increase their power to negotiate higher reimbursement rates from insurers.

Sep 15, 2013

New Jersey to give burned boardwalk businesses $15 million for repairs

, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Two New Jersey beach towns
will get $15 million in state aid to repair damage from a
boardwalk fire that devastated the resorts that had to rebuild
after Superstorm Sandy, Governor Chris Christie said on

The fast-moving blaze swept across the Seaside Park and
Seaside Heights boardwalk on Thursday, engulfing scores of
businesses and taking 400 firefighters hours to put it out.

Sep 11, 2013

New Jersey Governor Christie signs “pot-for-tots” bill

NEWARK, New Jersey, Sept 11 (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor
Chris Christie signed a bill on Wednesday allowing sick children
greater access to medical marijuana, weeks after saying he would
do so if the state legislature agreed to revisions.

The revisions to the bill, nicknamed “pot for tots,”
required that at least two doctors, including a pediatrician,
approve the treatment and tightened the language to ensure that
only minors could get access to edible forms of marijuana
besides lozenges.

Sep 11, 2013

New Jersey mother accused of chaining 10-year-old son to radiator for weeks

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A New Jersey mother of six and her boyfriend were charged with chaining her 10-year-old son to a radiator for two weeks, police said on Tuesday.

“This level of depravity inflicted upon a child is chilling,” Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson said in a statement. “We’re just thankful that the child had the opportunity to escape and report what was going on.”

Sep 8, 2013

Bruno Mars to headline 2014 Super Bowl halftime show

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Grammy-winning singer Bruno Mars was named on Sunday as the headliner for the halftime show at next year’s Super Bowl.

Mars and his band, The Hooligans, were introduced before hundreds of screaming fans at the Fox NFL Sunday broadcast, which was held live from Times Square in New York City to kick off the first full weekend of professional football.

    • About David

      "I write on and co-ordinate coverage of European consumer goods companies from London. These include food groups such as Nestle, Unilever and Danone, drinks companies like Diageo, Heineken and SABMiller, and cigarette groups British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco. I have previously worked in Milan covering Italian financial news and before that specialised on the car industry and the engineering sector, and also have some experience of commodity coverage."
    • Follow David